Early into its spring season the women’s tennis squad is making quite a racket, losing only one out of its first six contests. These stats are impressive under any circumstances, even before you consider how young this year’s team is. With Camila Romulo as the only senior member, the team sought and found talent in a few rising stars.
Junior co-captains Suzanne Wright and Daniela DelPrete provide strong, experienced leadership for their team, which consists of five freshmen, two sophomores and six juniors. Look for these two ladies to use stellar consistency en route to what is shaping up to be a winning season. Proving that even lowly college freshmen are people too, the class of 2005 has produced a number of battle-ready players eager to take the field by storm and unleash their athletic prowess. Akane Kokubo and Erika Takeuchi have already made a mark on the women’s tennis scene with virtually flawless records this season in both singles and doubles competition. Others to keep an eye on include sophomore Kate Sternberg and classmate Laura Leigh Tallent.
The lady netters take the clay at Cornell’s Reis Tennis Center this weekend for a marathon of three matches in two days. Tomorrow they will face Binghamton at 1 p.m. and UMBC later that evening at 5 p.m. Closing out the weekend will be a contest against Massachusetts at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“UMBC is definitely our strongest competitor this week,” commented head coach Angela Rudert. “They have had good results lately and were not 100 percent when we played them last.”
With two matches tomorrow, Rudert is looking to “get everyone on the court.”
She is confident in her team’s depth and knows the experience gained by this strategy will pay off down the road. Unfortunately, injury plagued the team in past years, and she hopes to avoid a similar situation this season.
The team will try to take the momentum of this week’s three possible victories into Spring Break, where it will be traveling to New Orleans to take on some of the nation’s top-ranked teams. Keeping its collective mind off the novelty of sunshine long enough to concentrate on a tennis match will be only one of the trials it will face as both Tulsa and New Orleans University are formidable opponents.
“New Orleans will be good for us, the heat of the outdoors will build up our stamina for the upcoming matches with our Ivy rivals,” remarked Rudert.
Seven of the team’s next eight games will be held against Ivy League teams starting with Columbia on Friday, March 29.
Archived article by Chris Poplarski