Tennis Season Recap
Women’s Tennis: The Shorewomen’s 10-8 overall record and 6-4 conference mark gave them a birth in the tournament, while finishing their season ranked 15th in the Atlantic South Region.
Juniors Rachel Martinez and Julie Lazer went 15-3 as a duo in their doubles matches throughout the season. Lazer also went 12-5 in her singles matches, while Martinez followed with a 12-6 record.
Despite the team losing half of their starters from last season, Martinez feels the team developed as the season went on.
“We did really well this year despite the circumstances; making it to the conference tournament is always an accomplishment,” she said. “I am really proud of how hard we worked this year. We have a couple really wonderful and strong freshmen coming in next year, so I’m excited to see what we will do. I think we definitely have a shot at making it to the semi-finals, if not the finals of the conference tournament, as we did the two seasons prior to this one.”
Three players were named All-Centennial, which includes Lazer and Martinez as well as Junior Krista Flliopoulos. Lazer was awarded first-team honors for singles and doubles with Martinez. Martinez and Filiopoulos were both named to the second team for singles. Sophomore Hayley Sanchez was placed to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.
Men’s Tennis: WC accomplished their best record in the past nine years, going 12-6 overall and 6-3 in Centennial Conference matches. The Shoremen finished their season ranked 18th in the nation.
Sophomore Jake Sandler went 15-5 in his singles matches and 10-10 in doubles. Fellow sophomore Chris Salisbury went 12-4 in his singles matches and 8-8 in doubles. Senior Zachary Novick and junior Justin Panepinto posted a 12-5 record in their doubles matches, which was just behind seniors Matt Katz and Jeremy Novick who went a perfect 5-0. Jeremy Novick also partnered with junior Luke Weaver as they went 11-4 in their doubles matches.
Sandler is proud with how the program has developed into a playoff contender.
“Going from a non- playoff team to hosting a first round matchup was a big stride for this team and I think we showed we are now a team you have to worry about in the conference,” Sandler said. “Im excited for next year as well because although we are losing our 2 important captains, we have most of our team continuing to gain experience and chemistry. If we continue to get better we could be a real problem for other teams especially with the new recruits we have coming in.”
Four Shoremen were named All-Centennial which include Sandler, Salisbury, Jeremy Novick, and Weaver. Sandler was named to the first time for singles and Salisbury was named to the second team for singles. Novick and Weaver were named as honorable mention as a doubles team. Junior John Niswander was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.