Women's Tennis |
Jan. 18, 2013
By: Emily Hayden
Excitement is in the air as the University of Cincinnati tennis team prepares for its first match of the 2013 season. The Bearcats finished the 2012 campaign with an 8-17 record after clenching a spot in the BIG EAST tournament for the fourth year in a row.
Leading the team is senior Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) and graduate student Elise Woulfe (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township). Lee will begin the spring season with a 34-30 career singles record and a 29-32 doubles record. Woulfe, who had to miss the 2012 season due to injury, is starting the season with a 14-17 singles record and a 16-18 doubles record.
Senior Caitlin O’Gara will be competing in her senior year at UC but has another year of eligibility to play. Also competing are juniors Sierra Sullivan, Carly Wilson and Ashleigh Witte, sophomore Kristina Georgieva and freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei and Hannah Wille.
Bursting with enthusiasm, the 2013 tennis Bearcats are ready for the start of their spring season. “I feel we have a very competitive team that can be a real threat to a lot of our tough opponents this upcoming season” Woulfe said.
The team has been focusing a lot on doubles play going into its first tournament and there’s an overall feeling of great confidence and competitiveness.
“Getting that doubles point is so crucial to setting the tone for the rest of the match, and I know this year our doubles play has been our strongest since I began playing at UC” Woulfe said. “This will continue to be a big focus for the season.”
The team is also looking forward to their first trip to South Florida in over five years. During the university’s spring break, the tennis team will travel to Tampa, Fla., for a dual match versus the University of South Florida.
“I feel that our team is a lot stronger and deeper this year,” said Lee. “I am excited to see how well we perform and what our end results will be.”
The Bearcats’ first match is Sat., Jan. 19 versus No. 49 Indiana at 4 p.m. The match will be played at the Western Tennis and Fitness Club’s indoor facility.