Last season, Sarah Lawrence finished as the runner-up in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Women’s Tennis Championships. This season, the team looks to build on that strong showing; however, that may be challenging the tall task of joining a more competitive conference.
“I’m excited about the year. We’re moving up to face tougher competition [in Skyline Conference], but I think we’ll be up to the challenge” said Head Coach Frank Fanning. With six players returning from last year’s squad, he could be on to something.
The season opened this past Sunday against Drew University in a non-conference match. Sophomore players Autumn Atkinson (‘17) and Juliet Slade (‘17) earned a tough-fought 8-6 win to continue their streak of 16 victories spanning back to last season. In the end, Drew prevailed 7-2.
The team has 14 matches remaining on the slate for the season, four of which are to be played on campus at the Andrews Tennis Courts. The Gryphons take on the Yeshiva on Wednesday Sept. 17 in Flushing, NY. The conference schedule opens the following Saturday against Farmingdale State, at home.
by Jeff Bernstein