Jan. 28, 2013
Siena opens its dual match season on February 16 against Bryant at Ladlow Tennis Center in Massachusetts. Last year the Saints finish with an 8-11 record and tied for 4th in the MAAC. This year the Saints are focused on getting back to the MAAC Championships.
"Our schedule is more difficult than last year," head coach Andy Christodoulou said. "I like difficult schedules because they present challenges that are full of opportunities. Our team is focused on performance, chemistry is amazing and these ladies work hard and smile a lot. They have a healthy attitude on and off the court. It is a privilege to work with them. The key for us on the courts this season will be to play smart, aggressive doubles and focus on performance in singles one point at a time."
The Saints lost Jasleen Sandhu who spent four seasons at the top of the singles and doubles rotation. Her loss is a big void to fill, but the Saints have players who can step up, and they are looking forward to the opportunity.
"Everyone on the team can compete for a spot in the lineup this year," Christodoulou said. "The level of play is a lot more even than past years, which also give us depth without sacrificing level and quality of play."
Siena has a very young team after graduating five seniors last year, and they are full of energy and eager to play.
"Our three freshmen have shown some promise and are playing smart tennis," Christodoulou said. "Allysa made the final of the Marist Invitational during the fall playing injured and Erica has placed well in every draw. Maria is healthy now and ready to compete."
Seniors Brittany Fillip and Elora Benfer and junior Carly Holloway will provide the leadership and keep the team focused on qualifying for the MAAC playoffs and competing for the championship. Benfer was undefeated in MAAC singles play going 6-0 at the number 6 singles spot last season. All three bring experience to the table.
Sophomores Cassie Braz
and Jessica Macaluso
return to add depth to the lineup as well. Macaluso was 5-1 in MAAC play at number 5 singles as a rookie. The pair also teamed up last season to play second doubles with some impressive results.
"Cassie and Jessica are hands down very hard workers and they are always ready to get up and go," Christodoulou said. "They consistently bring their best effort day in and day out to the courts."
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