Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's tennis team is excited to begin the 2012-13 season, as six players with significant varsity experience return from last year's 10-6 squad that qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the fifth time in six seasons. Last season, under the direction of Head Coach Wendy Bartlett, the Bantams posted their sixth consecutive winning record while competing against some of the toughest teams in the region. Senior co-captains Frances Cameron (Mill Valley, Calif.) and three-time, All-NESCAC honoree Hillary Hoyt (New York, N.Y.) will lead the Bantams as they should contend for the post-season once again.
Hoyt has done a sensational job as Trinity's No. 1 player for three seasons, posting an 11-6 singles record against some of the nation's top players. Cameron has been a consistent winner over three years including an 8-7 singles record and an 8-8 doubles mark in 2011-12. Both are equally solid in doubles.
Juniors Regan Cherna (Bronxville, N.Y.), Elizabeth Gerber (Bethesda, Md.), and Senzo Mavune-Maphisa (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) are all solid returning singles and doubles players, giving the Bantams a lethal combination of talent and experience throughout the lineup. Cherna had Trinity's top singles record last season at 12-5 while Gerber finished 13-7, and the pair have combined for a 20-11 doubles mark as partners over their first two seasons. Mavune-Maphisa emerged as a legitimate talent in the top half of the Trinity lineup as a sophomore, posting a team-high 14 wins against seven losses and teaming with Hoyt as Trinity's No. 1 doubles tandem.
Junior Caroline Gagne (Excelsior, Minn.) gained valuable experience last spring, playing in five varsity matches, and classmate Taylor Wilkins (Huntington, N.Y.) has improved each year. First-year prospects Melita Ferjanic (Samobor, Croatia) and Morgan Feldman (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) will both make an immediate impact in 2012-13, as Trinity expects to advance deeper into the post-season in the spring.
With championship tournaments in the fall and the spring semesters, the tennis season at Trinity is truly an exciting one. The Bantams will play an abbreviated fall schedule and a full slate of matches in the spring, including their spring break trip to California in March, as they prepare for the NESCAC Championships in late April and the NCAA Tournament in May.