Fall sports preview: Women’s Tennis
Jake Elmslie, Sports Editor
Entering his 8th season, at the helm of the Rhode Island College women’s tennis team, Coach Adam Spring has very little to complain about. His team is coming off of their 4th straight Little East conference regular season championship and are even more notably, fresh off their second straight Little East conference tournament championship; a feat they achieved while going undefeated in both of the last two seasons.
As conference champions, the RIC team competed in the NCAA Division III women’s tennis championship, where they were able to advance to the second round of the event, for the second year in a row, in which they fell to the national champion Wesleyan University Cardinals.
The team is poised for another championship run with RIC, being ranked number one in the annual Little East coaches poll.
“The team knows championships aren’t won by polls, we’re glad other coaches see our program as strong but our goal is to win the last match of the year, it’s a nice accolade but we’re focused on winning a championship,” explained Coach Spring to the Anchor.
The team returns almost the entirety of its championship core, missing only one player, senior captain Katherine Raganca. Notable additions include transfer recruit Michaela Burr from Florida State University (FSU). While Burr did not play tennis for the FSU team, she’s a player that Coach Spring has had his eyes on for a few years, going back to her time as a part of the Westerly High School team. She’s made a strong early impression and will begin the season playing out of the number one singles spot. Rounding out the roster are freshmen recruits Jenna Lisi and Sarah Gonick, hailing from La Salle High and Kingston, Massachusetts respectively.
The Anchorwomen return a slew of players, boasting a treasure trove of accolades including five players who were named to the All-Little East Team Second Team in either the singles or doubles category.
“Because of the experience level on this team, I’m going to try and work on some more technical elements with the girls that I wouldn’t have last year. I’m going to push myself to work more on the skill building and strategy. The returning players are ready for more.”
RIC students will get their first chance to see the team Tuesday, Sept. 3rd when the Anchorwomen open their season with a home out of conference contest against the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards. Coach Spring hopes that the student body will be supportive of the team. “We’re blessed with a lot of really good tennis players, and it’s good for RIC sports fans. We want them to come out and watch our matches, this is a really special team.”