No. 20-Ranked Trinity Women's Tennis Opens Spring At No. 7 Middlebury Saturday
Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's tennis team, coached by Wendy Bartlett (29th Season), is ranked No. 8 in the Northeast and No. 20 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Rankings. The Bantams, which completed a brief fall season consisting of two individual tournaments, posted a 10-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in 2011-12. Closing 2011-12 with a 6-0 loss to Middlebury at Williams in the NESCAC Championship, the Bantams finished No. 9 in the 2011-12 ITA Division III Northeast Regional Poll and No. 21 in the ITA Division III National Poll. Trinity opens the 2013 spring campaign at No. 7-ranked NESCAC rival Middlebury on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m., and the Bantams will embark on a West Coast swing during spring break from March 17 to 22.
Highlighting the fall tournaments, Trinity senior co-captain Hillary Hoyt (New York, N.Y.) and first-year Melita Ferjanic (Samobor, Croatia) outscored three opponents by a combined score of 24-5 to advance to the doubles semifinals in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships, and juniors Elizabeth Gerber (Bethesda, Md.) and Taylor Wilkins (Huntington, N.Y.) finished as semifinalists in the New England Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament "B" flight .
Hoyt, a two-time All-NESCAC honoree, boasts a 34-22 career record playing predominantly at No. 1 singles from the start of her career. Fellow senior co-captain Frances Cameron (Mill Valley, Calif.) has also been a fixture in the starting lineup since her rookie year, boasting a career mark of 31-16. Gerber and classmates Regan Cherna (Bronxville, N.Y.) and Senzo Mauve-Maphisa (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) are solid returning starters as well, as the trio has combined for a 55 -27 mark in the last two-plus campaigns. Juniors Wilkins and Caroline Gagne (Exclesior, Minn.) and sophomore Alexandra Criss (Winchester, Mass.) also have quality varsity playing experience. Ferjanic, ranked No. 15 in the Northeast among singles players after the fall season, and rookies Morgan Feldman (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) and Kathryn Emery (Southport, Conn.) are anxious to make their marks after solid initial fall campaigns.
In doubles, Hoyt/Mauve-Maphisa and Cherna/Gerber have both achieved success as tandems, but several promising combinations could emerge this spring. Ferjanic/Hoyt is currently ranked No. 7 in the Northeast in doubles