For immediate release – 2/17/2017 -
Women's Tennis Begins Spring; Season Preview
LYNCHBURG, VA – With the winter months making tennis unplayable, the Randolph College women's tennis team will finally return to action this Saturday. The team will begin its second portion of the calendar in a dual match on Saturday.
The WildCats make the trip to Ferrum College, in what is a rematch from last year's spring opener. Randolph hosted the Panthers on that Friday in February and controlled the action from the onset. The 'Cats dropped only one game over nine matches, winning 9-0 (96-1 in games played). Jenna Sweet won 6-0, 6-0 at number two, while Samantha Dickerson and Shelby Lutz won by the same score at five and six respectively. Two years ago, when the teams met in Ferrum, the WildCats won 9-0 again, and Sweet earned two wins as well.
Ferrum is scheduled to provide live stats for the 1 p.m. match at http://ferrumpanthers.com/sports/2015/2/3/GEN_0203151328.aspx?id=220.
The Randolph College women's tennis team has continued to cement itself as one of the best teams in the region and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) over the past few years. After winning nine matches last year, including going undefeated in nonconference action, the team will look to continue that build in the spring of the 2017.
Head coach Jamie Megginson only brings back three players from last year's squad, but those three and the newcomers have certainly proven their worth already. In talking about important returners to the squad, the most obvious name to mention is the lone upperclassmen, Jenna Sweet. Sweet has put together a remarkable career already. She has the most singles wins (40) and is second in doubles wins (36) in just three years. Even more impressive is the fact that she has won over 80% of her singles matches, the best percentage in program history. Sweet will look to end her career with another great season.
Also joining her back on the court are Samantha Dickerson and Shelby Lutz. Dickerson had a very strong season. She played at number five singles early on before moving up to number four. She won 10 times and would have added an 11th had a match not gone unfinished. Dickerson added eight wins in doubles action as well. Lutz was an important contributor for the team, playing in the six (singles) and three (doubles) spots throughout the year. She played very well and picked up key wins over Ferrum, Hollins, and Lynchburg and will look to add more this spring.
The team welcomes six newcomers to the program, who have already made large impacts in the fall. Keyu Jin played both fall tournaments at number one and more then held her own. Ashley Schmitz played the WildCat Fall Invitational in the same flight as Sweet. She won three matches, including taking down Sweet in the finals. Kristen Hamilton added a title as well, winning in the fourth flight. Aubrey Hawn, Lauren Appel, and Jordon Kirkpatrick all added solid falls and will look to continue that success.
With the strong blend of returners and newcomers, the WildCats will look to make another push in the region and the ODAC this year.