Spring Sports Preview: Women's Tennis

Spring sports hit full stride this weekend and gopetrels.com is taking the next few days to preview the upcoming seasons. Here's a glance at the upcoming campaign for the 2012 women's tennis team.

2012 Women's Tennis Season Preview

The 2012 women's tennis team will once again brace for the rigors of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference looking to climb the ladder in the league pecking order. Last year's squad compiled a 9-13 overall record and will benefit from returning almost all of the primary players in coach Howell's lineup. Here's a look at the roster and the upcoming 2012 campaign for the women's tennis team.

Leading the group of returning players is sophomore Caffrey Francis (Acworth, Ga.), whose performance at the Fall ITA's earned her the No. 23 singles ranking in the South Atlantic Region. Last season Francis compiled a sterling 18-2 overall record competing primarily from the No. 2 singles position and will likely be thrust into the top spot for her sophomore campaign. Joining Francis are senior co-captains Jayme Danielson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Sarah Duff (Braselton, Ga.). Danielson earned All-SCAC Honorable Mention status for the second straight season last spring while Duff's steady improvement coupled with leadership skills make her a lock for the 2012 lineup. Junior Clara Reinheimer (Wyncote, Penn.) also returns, and, if she can find consistency and eliminate unforced errors, will be a valued commodity for the squad.

The team will also benefit from the return of two hard-working sophomores in Katarina Te (Conover, N.C.) and Katie Siess (St. Paul, Minn.). An outstanding striker of the ball, Te will need to limit her errors to be more successful while Siess has proven to be coach Howell's most consistent performer. They are joined by two freshmen additions to the team – Tricia Groover (Calhoun, Ga.) and Lauren Martin (Alpharetta, Ga.). Each of these newcomers took a level jump during the short fall season and are just beginning to scratch their potential. Both will be counted upon to provide the 2012 squad with much needed depth.

The 2012 schedule, as always, is formidable. The Petrels face two nationally ranked teams, six regionally ranked foes and six SCAC tilts this spring. "If we can improve our overall consistency, this team will make great strides," said head coach Peter Howell. "We will have to work hard, stay healthy and have our young players develop quickly to reach the goals I've set for this team."

To view the entire 2012 women's tennis schedule, go here.

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