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ISSUE 119 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/24/2006

Spring Preview, Women's Tennis: A culture of youth

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, March 24, 2006

Despite losing nearly half of its squad to graduation, the Ole women's tennis team looks to a strong first-year class as well as a core of returners towards contention in 2006. The Oles have begun their season 4-3 overall and 3-2 in MIAC play.

Senior captain Emily Eggert and juniors Jori Steffen and Sarah Prey are to provide pivotal leadership in order to contend in a tough MIAC. The Oles finished sixth a season ago.

“"Emily [Eggert] is a very dependable person,”" Head coach Scott Nesbit said. “"She has a tremendous work ethic both in practices and games; thus, she is a wonderful example to her teammates.”"

Leading the charge of the first years is Kristina Poplavska, who played no.1 singles for her high school squad that finished third in the state two years running, including an 18-3 record her senior year. Following close behind are Ellen Goerss and Diana Baetscher.

If the Oles can stay healthy, it appears as though the women may be primed for a run in a very competitive MIAC.

Along with first-year players, there are also some fresh faces doing the coaching. In his 16th year at the helm of the Oles, Scott Nesbit welcomes Tory Borovosky as an assistant coach. She is a former Division-I tennis player. Also returning is assistant coach Kristen Stets, who is a St. Olaf tennis alum.

"“Both assistant coaches bring different dimensions to the program, which really favor the players," Nesbit said.

St. Olaf concludes their season with the annual MIAC dual-match conference tournament held at Gustavus on Apr. 28-29.

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