CHESTERTOWN, Md. — With the top three players from last spring's singles line-up having graduated in May, the Washington College women's tennis team will have a different look this spring as the Shorewomen pursue their fifth consecutive Centennial Conference Tournament berth.
This year's roster is comprised of two seniors and a combined five sophomores and freshmen. Captains Hayley Sanchez (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) and Mariah Thomas (Forest Hill, Md./Bel Air) will be looked to for leadership as the team's only upperclassmen. Sanchez, who was the team's representative on the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team two years ago, played in one dual match at No. 6 singles last spring. Thomas, named the team's Most Improved Player two years ago, played in one match at No. 5 singles last spring, but saw significant time in the lower portion of the singles line-up as a sophomore. Both captains should be called upon for larger on-court roles this season.
Sophomore Ella Samer (Boise, Idaho/Boise) played primarily at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles last spring, posting winning records in both. The same could be said of sophomore Sarah Bruno (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township) and her performance at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles last spring. Bruno was also named the team's Most Improved Player. Sophomore Riley Katzman (Huntington Bay, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) saw some time at No. 6 singles last spring, but was a fixture in the doubles line-up playing with Samer at No. 3.
Freshmen Cecilia Cress (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) and Alisha White (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) should make immediate impacts for the Shorewomen. Both freshmen played in the championship draw at this past fall's ITA Southeast Regional Championships and Cress played in the top flight at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in the fall.
Head coach Oliver Reynolds and assistant coach Clay Allen both return for their second seasons with the Shoremen and will guide them through a schedule featuring a Division I opponent and an always-challenging slate of conference teams.
Total Matches: 17 (10 home, 5 away, 2 neutral)
Season and Home Opener: March 1 v. Delaware State (3 p.m.)
Centennial Opener: March 27 at Ursinus (4 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opponents: Muhlenberg (3/30), Gettysburg (4/6), Swarthmore (4/9), Haverford (4/17), #23 Johns Hopkins (4/27)
Centennial Away Opponents: Ursinus (3/27), Bryn Mawr (4/3), Franklin & Marshall (4/13), Dickinson (4/20), McDaniel (4/23)
Non-Conference Home Opponents: Delaware State (3/1), Goucher (3/8), Immaculata (3/22), Randolph-Macon (3/31), Salisbury (4/25)
Non-Conference Neutral Opponents: Lake Forest (3/10 @ Hilton Head, S.C.), LeTourneau (3/13 @ Hilton Head, S.C.)