For the second consecutive season, the Kenyon College women's tennis team will enter competition with just two seniors on its roster. That, however, does not mean the Ladies are inexperienced. A powerful and deep junior class will provide plenty of support and guidance as the program aims for its 27th winning season since joining the North Coast Athletic Conference in the 1984-85 academic year.
The Ladies are coming off a 2010-11 season that ended with a 15-6 record and a runner-up finish in the NCAC tournament. Gone from that team are graduates Prita Kidder and Erin Ivanoff. Kidder was the Ladies No. 1 singles player and exited with a career record of 58-32. Ivanoff played mainly doubles and after going 11-11 last season, she wrapped up her career with an overall mark of 31-30.
The graduation of Kidder and Ivanoff leaves room for juniors Amy Schlessman and Amanda Polster to move into the Ladies' top spots. Schlessman played mainly at No. 2 last season, went 18-7, and was ranked as the No. 21 singles player in the Central Region. She also paired with Kidder at No. 1 doubles and posted an outstanding 20-6 record. Polster did not share the same success in doubles competition, but had an equally impressive run in singles play, where she racked up an 18-6 record playing mainly at No. 3.
The two seniors on the 2011-12 roster are Carly Bond and Anna Becker. Bond made significant contributions last season by going 12-9 while playing mainly in the No. 4 singles spot. Becker saw limited duty, but did go 6-7 playing in the bottom part of the Kenyon order.
Finally, look for Lydia Winkler, another member of the Ladies' deep junior class, to figure into the mix for this season. As a sophomore last year, Winkler fit into the No. 4 and No. 5 spots and produced a combined 11-6 singles record.
With a solid nucleus in place and a talented freshman class rounding out the roster, the Ladies will look once again to challenge for the NCAC crown. The fall season kicks off September 30th with the annual ITA Regional, which will be held over three-day stretch at Kalamazoo College.