May 5, 2014

2014 Women’s Tennis Season Recap

By Wesley Evans

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite having a 1-2 record in the fall season, the Southern Virginia University women's tennis team bounced back to earn six victories in the spring and also picked up its first ever win over a member of the Capital Athletic Conference.

Finishing its 2013-14 campaign with a 7-13 record, Southern Virginia picked up a key win early on in the fall season over Lynchburg College by an 8-1 margin.

When the Knights came back for their first match in the spring, they fell in a close contest with Sweet Briar College, 5-4, but came back with a solid 5-4 win over Ferrum College in mid-March.

Southern Virginia picked up another 5-4 victory over Mary Baldwin College before rallying off three straight wins over Bluefield College, Averett University and NCAA Division II member Virginia Union University.

In mid-April, women's tennis earned its first ever CAC victory with a 6-3 win over Penn State Harrisburg on the road.

Sophomore Katie Durrant posted strong performances in her seven singles matches, going 6-1 during the season. She picked up victories over two CAC opponents, defeating her individual foes from Penn State Harrisburg and Frostburg State.

First -year players Micah Roberts and Kari Stollenwerk also brought solid campaigns to the team this season. Roberts finished 8-10 in her singles matches while rotating between the No. 2 and 3 positions most of the year. The Canby, Ore., native earned a strong 8-8 record in her doubles matches.

Stollenwerk finished with a .500 record during her first season, going 7-7 in her singles matches while finishing 9-8 in doubles competition with freshman partner Anna Evans. The two combined for a team best 19-16 record in all doubles matches.

Sophomores Katelynn Tlustek and Shannon Romito finished the season with momentum, both winning their final two matches of the year.

Lauren Morrison and Kirsten Laurence made big contributions to the squad, spending most of their time at the No. 1 and 2 spots against difficult CAC competition.

Women's tennis will look to build off this year as it enters into its second season as members of the Capital Athletic Conference.