CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Last spring, the Washington College women's tennis team advanced to the Centennial Conference Tournament for the third consecutive year and the 10th time in the tournament's 12-year history. With all but one player returning and three freshmen added to the roster, the Shorewomen are poised to return to the postseason under first-year head coach Oliver Reynolds.
The Shorewomen's top three singles players from last season - seniors Julie Lazer (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School), Rachel Martinez (Los Angeles, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula), and Krista Filiopoulos (Millersville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) are all back for their fourth and final years as mainstays in the team's line-up.
Lazer has been an All-Centennial Conference selection in both singles and doubles every year as a Shorewoman, including a first-team choice in singles each of the past two years. The team's reigning MVP, she went 12-5 at No. 1 singles last spring and teamed with Martinez to go 15-3 at No. 1 doubles en route to first-team all-conference doubles honors. Martinez was also a second-team choice in singles for the second straight year, going 12-6 at No. 2. Filiopoulos, meanwhile, also landed on last year's all-conference second team for singles, turning in a 12-5 record at No. 3.
Four other upperclassmen also return - seniors Kiran Pant (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and Paige Rebstock (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) and juniors Hayley Sanchez (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) and Mariah Thomas (Forest Hill, Md./Bel Air). Pant played No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles for the Shorewomen last season, teaming with Thomas at the latter of those spots. Thomas held down the No. 6 singles spot, while Rebstock and Sanchez each saw limited time at No. 6 as well.
The Shorewomen's three freshmen - Sarah Bruno (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township), Riley Katzman (Huntington Bay, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy), and Ella Samer (Boise, Idaho/Boise) - will bring improved depth to the team's line-up. The trio combined to go 7-2 in singles at Randolph-Macon's Yellow Jacket Invitational in the fall.
Reynolds, a former Division I player who spent the past three seasons on The College of Charleston's coaching staff, and assistant coach Clay Allen will guide the Shorewomen through a challenging schedule this spring, beginning with a home match against Division I Delaware State on March 2nd. Other non-conference matches include a home match against Goucher, road matches at Randolph-Macon and Salisbury, and matches against Stockton, Macalester, and Concordia (Wis.) during a Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, S.C. The always competitive Centennial Conference schedule begins with a March 24th home match against Muhlenberg.