CHESTERTOWN, MD -- With a pair of All-Centennial Conference performers returning at the top of the line-up and a freshman who made an impressive run at the ITA Southeast Championships in the fall, the Washington College women's tennis team is poised for another strong season this spring. The Shorewomen finished 10-5 a year ago, reaching double figures in wins for the third straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Returning at the top of the line-up for their third year are juniors Jordan Finnegan (Wilmington, DE/Archmere Academy) and Brittany Marshall (Dagsboro, DE/Worcester Prep [MD]). The pair went undefeated at No. 1 singles last spring, finishing 16-0 and earning All-Centennial Conference first-team honors in doubles for the second consecutive year. They finished last season ranked 22nd in Division III and sixth in the Atlantic South region in doubles and will open this spring ranked eighth in the region in doubles.
Finnegan was a first-team All-Centennial Conference selection in singles for the second consecutive year as well, posting a 12-4 mark at No. 1. Marshall was a second-team All-Centennial pick in singles, going 10-4 in dual marches, including a 9-4 mark at No. 2. Finnegan and Marshall shared the team's Most Valuable Player award for the second straight season.
Freshman Amanda Bercovici (Hackensack, NJ/Bergen Tech) made a big impression at the ITA Southeast Regionals in September, winning three singles matches before falling in the quarterfinals. Bercovici will begin the spring ranked 12th in the region in singles.
Sophomores Campbell McNicol (Mill Neck, NY/St. George's School) and Kat Cohen (Springfield, MA/Williston-Northampton School) return after impressive freshman seasons. McNicol was 11-5 in dual-match singles, including a 9-3 record at No. 4, last spring. Cohen posted a 12-3 record in dual matches, including a 9-3 record at No. 5. Sophomore Kelsey Mills (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-South Dorchester) finished last season play at No. 6 singles and with Cohen at No. 3 doubles.
Dave Marshall returns for his fourth season as the head coach of the Shorewomen, having compiled a 39-16 mark over three seasons. His .709 winning percentage is the best over the first three years as head coach by any of the seven head coaches in the program's history.
Pre-season team rankings were not compiled for the Atlantic South region, but the Shorewomen finished last season ranked 15th in the region. Fellow Centennial Conference schools Johns Hopkins (fourth), Swarthmore (ninth), Dickinson (14th), Muhlenberg (16th), Haverford (19th), and Franklin & Marshall (tied for 20th) were all also ranked in the region at the end of the season. The Shorewomen's 2011 non-conference schedule includes matches at two other schools who finished last spring ranked in the Atlantic South - Mary Washington (fifth) and Christopher Newport (tied for 20th) as well as a match at College of New Jersey (preseason sixth in the Northeast region) and a match at Division I Loyola. Johns Hopkins (11th), College of New Jersey (17th), and Mary Washington (18th) will all also open the season nationally ranked in Division III. The Shorewomen's first dual match of the spring is slated for March 13th at Averett University in Danville, VA.