Bright Spots In Defeat

Jonathan Lampert

The women’s tennis team is off to a good start to the season as displayed by a solid performance at last week’s Cornell Invitational. Most notably, sophomore Erin Fenn and first-year Cameron Williams made it to the back draw finals of their respective positions. Fenn lost to Army’s Sarah Giles-Madden 6-2 6-1 in the finals of the Flight A singles back draw and Bridie Burk of Army defeated Williams 6-3 6-1 in the Flight C singles back draw finals. The doubles team of Cameron Williams and first-year Jackie Stimmel reached the finals in the Flight B doubles back draw, but unfortunately fell to a strong Niagara team 8-2.

Head Coach Pennington remarked via email, “I was fairly pleased at the women’s performance this past weekend. Overall, we won the matches we were supposed to win, just didn’t have any major upsets. We are struggling a bit with injuries right now, but I am expecting good things in the future and strong results in the Patriot League,” Pennington said.

Although the team did not enjoy great success at its first tournament, the team put forth a strong effort considering the nagging injuries with which players are struggling. It was also the first match for five first-year players, who will only improve with time. As the season progresses, these first year players and the team as a whole will gain valuable experience which should translate into better results.

The team will take the courts again this weekend at the ECAC Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.