HC women’s tennis hungry for another successful season
By biconews On 29 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Jay Koransky

Athletes who are proven winners, who consistently outperform their competition, frequently refer to having a big letter X on their backs. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, the old sports adage goes.

Such is the fate of this year’s Haveford College women’s tennis team, who will undoubtedly be tagged with such a target after last year’s outsanding season, a season which saw them finish with a 16-3 overall record, and a 9-1 Centennial Conference mark, placing them a lofty second.

Coach Ann Koger, who has guided the fortunes of the program since she initiated it in 1981, knows the pressures of high expectations all too well.

“As always, we’ll be a team to beat,” says Koger. “Everyone always wants to beat up on Haverford.”

But these are not last year’s Fords; they are a much different team. Gone are four pivotal players: C. Ellison Dial ’99, Lindsay Bromley ’99, Jell Jacobson ’99, and Karin Werner ’99 - a large crop of talent that will be sorely missed. Coach Koger, ever the optimist, views the loss as more of an opportunity for this year’s team to test its mettle.

“This year should be a real challenge on both the team and individual level,” states Koger. “Expectations and pressures will be high on our whole line-up.”

Leadership, though, is one area the Fords of 2000 will not have to worry about, as tri-captains Sarah Hanck ’00, Kaley Klanica ’00, and Alyssa Kennedy ’02 bring an even combination of experience and talent to the mix.

Hanck, a natural-born leader who captains both the tennis and basketball teams, feels that despite the losses, the Fords are still a team to be reckoned with.

“It may seem like a rebuilding year because we lost so many people, but I think we have enough talent on this team to have another great season,” says Hanck.

The upcoming season kicks off on March 2 with a home match against Coach Koger’s alma mater, Morgan State University. From there the team takes off for its annual spring break trip, this year to Kissimmee, Florida instead of the usual destination of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The team decided to follow the suggestions of the NAACP to boycott all travel to South Carolina, which still flies the Confederate flag over its state capitol. The quality of the tennis will not suffer, though, with three matches on the docket, as well as a day of practice at the Nick Bolletteri Sports Academy (which has produced the likes of Andre Agassi and other star tennis players).

The remainder of the season consists of thirteen matches, eight of which are at home, and nine are Centennial Conference match-ups. The season culminates with the Centennial Conference Championships on April 28-30, so keep an eye out on this year’s Fords, who will look to do some serious damage come tournament time.

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