Women’s Tennis Suffers Pre-Conference Setback

With an initial season spread of 1-3 following a harsh loss on Sept. 25, the College Women’s tennis team fights to recover from the defeats in preparation for conference opponents and a season that will only become harder for the Seahawks.

The Women’s team began its season on the Somerset Tennis Complex of the College against Lancaster Bible College on Sept. 10, taking a heartbreaking 5-4 loss against the Chargers after a 2-1 doubles competition victory followed by a deciding 2-4 singles competition loss.

In the face of the close matches, the Seahawks took a 6-3 win over Shenandoah University upon returning to the home courts. While juniors Katie Lackler, Kathleen Ramsey, and Jackie Brady, as well as sophomore Chelsea Bradcovich, brought the team to a 4-2 singles competition victory against the Hornets, doubles partners sophomore Marie Rau and Bradcovich, as well as juniors Alli Crawford and Aviva Brown, brought the doubles competition to a 2-1 win to seal the successful meet over Shenandoah.

“We’ve grown together well, and strong as a team,” said Lackler, also captain of Women’s tennis. “Everyone’s moved up…and we’re just getting started.”

While losing two graduating team members from last season, former senior captain Michelle Compton and senior Kate David, the Seahawks replenished their numbers this year with first-years Alicia Eller, Jessica Placido, and Alyssa Stine, who are becoming more in-sync with the team as the matches progress.

“I’m really excited to be on a college team,” said Stine, comparing the experience to her high school games. “It’s a big commitment, but it’s worth it.”

While planning to continue their season the following day against Catholic University on Sept. 12, the Seahawks were forced to reschedule for Sept. 25 due to a strong two-inch rainstorm that hit the Washington, D.C. area, making team travel and the Catholic tennis courts unsafe.

The College next faced Virginia Wesleyan College on the Marlins’ courts, losing with a 3-6 match spread after a 2-4 singles competition loss, from which a Brown/Crawford doubles win (bringing the doubles competition spread to 1-2) could not recover.

Entering the Sept. 25 match on the Catholic tennis courts with a 1-2 spread, the College was defeated by the Hornets, who landed an 8-1 victory over the women Seahawks by taking 1-5 singles and 0-3 doubles competition losses. Lackler was the only scoring player for St. Mary’s.

“The mental side of the game has been hard so far,” said two-year athlete Bradcovich in reference to the stresses of a new year with new athletes. “But we really support each other, and just need to find that different mind-set.”

“This is a tough schedule, and the level of play is tough,” said Coach Sabedra, entering his fifth season on the team alongside Assistant Coach Giac Tran. “I see leadership, and we have a lot of returners back who know how the program is run.”

Despite the difficult beginnings, the Seahawks are still maintaining the positive spirits they’ll need for the rest of the 2010-2011 season. “I’m definitely going to stay with the team,” said Stine. “It’s something I look forward to doing for all of college.”

After an alumni reunion game on Oct. 3, the Seahawks next play an in-house match against Susquehanna University on Oct. 9 to end the competitive portion of the Fall season.

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