YORK, PA - The York College women’s tennis team looks to the 2010 season with a youthful team full of potential. The Spartan women look to improve on last season’s record that netted them a 5-11 campaign, including a 3-3 mark in Capital Athetlic Conference action.
York will look to third-year head coach Ryan Weber continue to rebuild the program. For the immediate future, Weber will have to replace Megan Logan, a 2009 All-CAC second-team choice.
The 2009 campaign for the Spartans included a run into the CAC semifinals where the fell to Salisbury. This season, the squad enters the 2010 campaign as an exceptionally young team sporting only one senior and one junior.
“I am very encouraged by the way our team performed in the preseason,” Weber said. “I believe that the new additions to our lineup will be able to gain not only experience but victories.”
The Green and White will look to last year’s #2 singles player to make great strides for the Spartans during the 2010 season. Senior Paige Doutrich will lead an athletic squad as the team’s captain.
“As captain, Paige sets the tone at practices and has done a great job,” Weber said. “She works hard and pushes those around her to do the same.”
Joining Doutrich as an upperclassman will be the York’s lone junior, Stephanie Nelson. Nelson has provided the team with multiple victories over the past two seasons including last years’s 8-5 campaign. Nelson’s ability to keep her opponents off balance is the key to her success.
Katelyn Acker and Samantha Brenner, the Spartans two sophomore players, are each exceptionally talented student-athletes who have shown improvement over the offseason.
“Their work ethic is unmatched,” Weber said of Acker and Brenner. “They are always hitting outside of practice.”
Acker, last season’s #1 singles player, will look to build off of the valuable experience she gained as a rookie. Acker will apply what she learned last season in hopes of gaining ground on the rest of the conference.
The Spartans will look to multiple freshmen during the 2010 season to provide quality matches in the singles lineup. Freshmen Megan McCullin, Maria McFaulds and Samantha Hunt will all look to showcase their individual talents on the court.
Paige Doutrich photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Women's Tennis preview written by Garrett Wampler - sports information student-intern