Women’s tennis hopes to defend title

The women’s tennis team talks hopes and expectations for 2015-2016


The tennis team said goodbye to five senior players last season, only to welcome five promising first-years to the squad this season. Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info.

Alden Ewing

Coming off an ODAC championship winning year, the Washington and Lee women’s tennis team has retooled and is looking to build off of last year’s success.

Despite losing five seniors after last year’s season, junior captain Brooke Donnelly is confident that the team will not miss a beat.

“With so many underclassmen, we have less experience as a team,” Donnelly said. “However, we are making up for this with a lot of energy and hard work at practice to get ready for the season. We have a lot less injuries this year and everyone is willing to do what it takes to be in the best shape possible this spring.”

The team is tasked with replacing the old senior class with an influx of youth this year, including five first-years who will each play an important role on the team according to Donnelly.

With practices already in full swing and a healthy roster, the team is well on its way to winning another ODAC championship. But that is not the team’s only goal.

“We want to make it back to the top five in the national rankings,” Donnelly said.

“I think we have a great chance of reaching the NCAA tournament. I feel very confident about us winning ODACs again this year and think we will go far in the NCAA tournament as well.”