Women’s tennis has undefeated start to season

Photo courtesy of Scranton Athletics.
SENIOR JULIA Frattaroli prepares to clear the ball over the net to score on an opponent in a Sept. 12 match against Lycoming College. The Royals won the match 9-0.

JILL WALL
Sports Editor

The University’s women’s tennis team has started off the season flawlessly, going 5-0 against its opponents.

Such an impressive start came as a pleasant surprise to the team, who ended last year with a record of 8-9.

The team is excited to both use the fall to boost its overall record, but to train as well.

“Usually we use the fall as our training season, so we try to figure out the best doubles teams and where our lineup should stay,” Frattaroli said. “Once we get into the spring season it’s kind of set, so the fall is really just making sure everyone gets playing time and figuring out the teams and the lineups and stuff like that.”

While they might still be figuring things out, the undefeated Royals seems to have a pretty good grasp on the season.

Senior standout Julia Frattaroli remarked that the team has been very pleased with the results it has seen this early on.

“It’s awesome. We had a tougher season last fall so it’s nice to build everyone’s confidence. We have a couple of new girls so it’s great to get everyone playing time. Everything is going really well,” Frattaroli said.

Frattaroli, who has already collected a handful of accolades this early in the season including two Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week titles, noted that the team has a clear goal in mind for this season: winning the Landmark Conference championship. With the start the team has had on the season, that goal is very much within reach.

Frattaroli also noted that while the team’s success can be attributed to several factors, team chemistry is undoubtedly one of them.

“This year I think [the team chemistry] is one of the best we’ve had. We have a good group from every class, where in the past we haven’t always had that representation from every grade,” Frattaroli said. “So it’s nice that  we have a little bit from each grade, and being close outside of tennis is really good when we’re on court too, especially for doubles since you’re working with a partner, or even just cheering each other on. It’s a good positive energy.”

As for her own personal success, Frattaroli, who is only eight matches away from breaking the all-time doubles wins record, attributes that to the team as well.

“Honestly my team is so supportive. Sometimes when you get out there you’re not mentally prepared for who you are going to play or how tough it’s going to be, so having them there to support you and cheer you on is the best thing,” Frattaroli said.  “My coach is awesome too, she’s great, so everyone is always helping me out.”

The Royals look to use the momentum they have built up to propel them through the rest of the fall and into the spring season.

The team takes the court again Saturday 1 p.m. against Messiah College on the Royal Courts.

 

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