BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team graduates its five seniors who have committed years to the team and established a solid foundation for the program.
"It was a real pleasure working with the Seniors on the women's team," said head coach Tom Snelson. "This was my first year with them, and they were all big contributors and will leave a large hole in our lineup. I know they will all be successful and wish them the best as each one of them will be missed."
Prior to the shortened spring seasons, the Knights held a 4-4 overall record with the seniors contributing key victories for Southern Virginia. Combining with the Knights' overall record, Southern Virginia had strong performances at The College of New Jersey Tournament while having their strongest outing at the Marlin Open.
Southern Virginia Women's Tennis Seniors
Lauren Skouson joined the team this year and impressed early in her lone year of competition. Skouson's immediate impact credited her with a 7-1 overall record in singles matches and a 6-3 overall record in doubles matches. Following graduation, the Alpine, Utah native will receive a degree in communications and liberal arts and plans to find a job in sports marketing or sports public relations.
Mercedes Matley is a three-year member of the team after transferring from Utah Valley University. Due to injury, Matley's career has been limited but appeared in two doubles matches this season, winning both. The Holladay, Utah native leaves Southern Virginia with a 4-0 overall record in singles matches and a 14-3 overall record in doubles matches and will receive a degree in business management and leadership and plans to find a job as a retail buyer or wedding planning after graduation.
Natalie Tetterton is a four-year member of the squad and is currently pursuing a degree in business management and leadership. Tetterton's consistency in competition earned her a winning record every year of play going 5-2 in singles matches, and 6-4 in doubles matches bringing her career statistics to a 32-11 overall record in singles matches, and 26-16 in doubles matches. Following graduation, the Sorrento, Florida native will work for her brother at his chiropractic business as a Chiropractic Therapist Assistant.
Audrey Zalar played three years for Southern Virginia, collecting a 4-4 overall record in singles matches, and a 7-5 record in doubles matches, with Tetterton as her partner, in her 2019-2020 campaign. Zalar leaves the Knights holding a 21-19 career record in singles matches and a 24-11 career record in doubles matches and plans to begin a career with her degree in liberal arts and Spanish degrees.
Elizabeth Fuchs began her career in 2014 before returning to the team in 2017, where she has been a leader and role model for the team since. Fuchs ended her shortened season playing in five singles matches, and collecting an impressive 8-4 record in doubles matches bringing her career statistics to 17-25 in singles matches, and 34-24 in doubles matches. After graduating with a degree in family and human development, the Los Altos, California native plans to go to graduate school and pursue a master's degree in speech-language pathology.