Coming off a 2-2 fall session, the women’s tennis team starts up their spring season on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Bowie State University.
Beating the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Chowan Universtiy, but falling to Catholic University and Susquehanna University in the fall, the women Seahawks are preparing to begin play again in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
Head coach Derek Sabedra, in his sixth season as head coach for both squads, has a positive outlook for the upcoming season.“I’m pretty positive because our returning girls have significant match play experience. Also, the first-years fit right in and meshed very well in fall play,” Sabedra said.
The team of fifteen players picked up five new first-years for the 2011-2012 season.
Returning junior Chelsea Bradcovich is excited to get back with the team after being abroad last semester. “I’m excited to meet the new team because I haven’t met any of the first-years,” she said. “We have good chances this year, and I’m excited to get back into the groove of things.”
Sabedra mentioned that Stevenson University, York College of Pennsylania, and Hood College will all be the most important matches of the year for the women’s team.“Those three will be crucial for the girls to get a home playoff match. That’s what we are aiming for,” he said.
The men’s tennis team, which came off a 3-1 fall session, will begin play for the spring season on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Virginia Union and Randolph Macon. They defeated McDaniel College, Susquehanna, and Chowan in the fall, only falling to Catholic.
The team also has high hopes going into the spring, with all their players from last season returning. The twelve-man squad also picked up two first-years for the season.
Sabedra is very excited for the season, coming off a record-setting 2011. “We got 13 wins last year, and I think we’re going to beat it this year,” he said. “They practice together and on their own. This squad is more focused than any other I’ve had in my six years.”
Senior Thomas Hoesman was most excited that every player from last year is returning.“It’s good to have everybody back, so we can improve on next year,” he said. “[My goal for the team] is to finish in the top three in the conference hopefully.”
Tying for second last year in the CAC, Hoesman hopes the team can beat out York this season. Sabedra mentioned that the key matches for the men will be against Hood, Stevenson, Frostburg, and Salisbury.
The Men’s and Women’s first home games will be in March.