W&J Women’s Tennis Off To Quick Start Under New Coach
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College women’s tennis team is off to its best Presidents’ Athletic Conference start in 16 years with a 3-1 league record (3-2 overall).
The Presidents have earned conference wins over Chatham (9-0), Geneva (5-4) and Thiel (8-1) to post their best league record since a 4-0 start to the 1996 season.
Head Coach Chris Faulk coached his first season with the men’s program last spring and is leading the women’s team for the first time this fall. The former PAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year has helped the team already triple its win total from last year and has the Presidents aiming for their first winning season since 1999. The school record for victories is eight, established by the 1994 squad and tied by the 1995 Presidents.
Leading the way for the Presidents has been No. 4 singles player, junior Jenna Supp (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg), who has posted a perfect 5-0 record. Supp has also teamed with junior Kathryn Mioduszewski (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) to win three of the duo’s five No. 2 doubles matches.
Supp defeated Grove City’s Kendra Tetrick (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) last week during an 8-1 team loss which marked the Presidents’ first team point against the Wolverines since Terra Naviglia ’05 knocked off a Grove City No. 3 singles player on September 12, 2003.
Freshman No. 1 singles player Courtney Brennan (New Kensington, Pa./Valley) has made the most of her first collegiate season with a 4-1 record. She owns the same record in doubles play with senior No. 1 partner Danielle Ufolla (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry).
Another freshman, Kodi Schutte (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) holds a perfect 3-0 record in doubles play, teaming with freshman Abigail Palmer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) twice and senior Rachel Detts (Washington, Pa./Trinity) once. Schutte also won during her only singles match of the season, a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Thiel’s Sandy Rodeheaver yesterday.
Washington & Jefferson plays a non-conference match at Pitt-Greensburg Saturday at 5:00 pm before returning to PAC action on Monday (4:00 pm) against Saint Vincent at the Janet L. Swanson Tennis Courts.