Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's tennis team will be heading to Orlando, Fla. for spring break, playing nine matches over a five-day span from Mar. 11-15 at various facilities in the area.
Schedule - The Bobcats open the week on Monday (Mar. 11) against the University of Scranton at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park, before facing Navy at the Beerman Tennis Facility in Lakeland, Fla. at 3 p.m. Lees-McRae takes on Southwestern College (Kan.) at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park, before playing Mount Holyoke at 3:30 p.m. at Sanlando Park. On Wednesday (Mar. 13), the Bobcats will play Carnegie Mellon at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National complex at 12 p.m., before playing Navy again at Sanlando Park at 4 p.m. Live stats for the match against Carnegie Mellon will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com. The Bobcats are back in action on Friday (Mar. 15) against Wheaton (Ill.) at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park, before finishing up competition against Rockhurst at 7 p.m. at the USTA complex.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 4-4 overall, with a combined 14-9 doubles record along with 17 singles wins. The tandems of Sandy Allen and Nursharneem Shamsuddin and Zeynep Cakirer and Mackenzie Langmade lead the doubles effort with four wins each, while Jaden Acklin and Dakota Tittle are 3-0 in doubles play. Three other doubles pairs each have one win on the season. Acklin leads the team in singles play with four wins, while three other Bobcats each have three singles wins. Rebecca Pierce has two singles wins on the year, while two others each have contributed one win so far in singles play.
About the Opponents - Scranton enters the week at 4-1 overall, with a combined 12-2 doubles record as well as a combined 40-11 record in singles play. The team of Emilia Jakubek and Tatiana Klacko as well as Claire Loughlin and Elyse Smilnak each has four wins in doubles play, while Natashia DeNunzio and Emily Kelly have three wins in doubles play. Kelly and Julia Kuhns-Baione also have one win in doubles play. Kristen Dennison leads the Royals in singles play with six wins, while four others each have five singles wins on the year. Marissa Campo has contributed four wins in singles play, while Klacko and Loughlin each have three singles wins. Stephanie Hoffman and Kuhns-Baione also each have two wins on the season in singles play.
Navy enters the week at 12-6 overall, with a combined doubles record of 64-37 and a combined singles record of 132-85. Amanda Cyr and Catalina Rico lead the team with nine wins in doubles play, while Annalise Klopfer and Kacey Moore have seven wins in doubles play. Aimee Dervishian and Klopfer have also contributed six wins as a doubles pair, while three other doubles pairs have each won five matches on the year. Four different doubles tandems have each won four matches, while Brooke Bogdanovich and Moore have put together three wins in doubles play. Bogdanovich and Meghana Komarraju have also win two doubles matches, while five other tandems have each won one match in doubles play. Moore leads the Midshipmen in singles play with 17 wins, while Ansofi Wreder is second on the team with 13. Three other ladies each have 11 singles wins on the year, while Klopfer is the other Midshipman with double-digit wins (10). Six others have recorded at least one win on the year in singles play.
Southwestern enters the week at 2-0 overall.
Mount Holyoke enters the week at 4-3 overall.
Carnegie Mellon enters the week at 6-2, with a combined 47-23 doubles record as well as a combined 77-50 mark in singles play. Melissa Strome and Danna Taylor lead the team in doubles play with nine wins, while Courtney Ollis and Janabelle Wu have five wins in doubles play. Four different doubles tandems have recorded four wins each so far, while Ollis and Vinaya Rao have combined for three doubles wins so far on the season. Three other doubles teams have each recorded two wins so far, while another eight doubles teams have each registered one win on the season. Taylor leads the team in singles play with 16 wins, while Jamie Vizelman is second on the team with 10 wins. 10 other Tartans have won at least one match in singles play so far this year.
Wheaton (Ill.) enters the week at 10-1 overall, with a combined 32-11 mark in doubles play and a 73-13 combined record in singles play. Bethany Hoogerheide and Emma Westwick lead the team in doubles play with 12 wins, while Nicole Freeman and Sara Magnuson have 10 doubles wins on the year. Three other doubles pairs each have at least one win on the year. Claire Dibble and Hoogerheide share the team lead in singles wins with 13, while three others each have 12 wins in singles play. Another three players have won at least one match in singles play on the year.
Rockhurst enters the week at 5-3 overall, with a combined 12-10 doubles record and a combined mark of 24-23 in singles play. Anilu Barraza and Octavia Malin lead the team in doubles play with seven wins, while Sam Czarnecki and Paula Romero have three wins in doubles play. Sara Flaxbeard and Emma Persson also have one doubles win on the year. Octavia Malin leads the team in singles wins with six, while Sam Czarnecki is second on the team with five singles wins. Anilu Barraza has won four singles matches, while Persson and Paula Romero each have three singles wins. Flaxbeard also has contributed one singles win.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the first matchup between Lees-McRae and each of its opponents in women's tennis program history.