Alvernia University women’s tennis team finishes their fall season strong. From their home opener on Saturday, September 29 to their match verses Misericordia on Wednesday, October 17, they have a winning streak of six.
“Tennis is an individual sport,” fifth year Alvernia University occupational therapy major Emily Thek says. “We all come together and cheer each other on and become a family through it.”
This year is Emily’s fourth and final year playing on Alvernia’s women’s tennis team. She is a strong player in both singles and doubles and is eight singles wins away from breaking Alvernia University’s women’s tennis record for the most wins. Cassandra Norway, Alvernia class of 2018, currently holds the record.
This year’s tennis team adds in six new players to the lineup, doubling in size from last year’s tennis team.
“There is strength in numbers,” Alvernia assistant women’s tennis coach Jen Myers says. “With our team doubling in size, we have an opportunity to be creative with our lineup.”
Myers began coaching Alvernia’s women’s tennis team in 2015. She is a graduate of Alvernia University’s occupational therapy program and a four year tennis veteran of Alvernia tennis.
“My goal is to help coach this team through a successful season. A successful season means a winning season; but it also means a season where each and every one of our players learns, laughs, and supports one another.”
One of the new players is junior Ariana Chuprinsky who plays number two singles and number one doubles for Alvernia. Her record for the fall season for singles is 6-0, and doubles is 6-0 with Amanda Phillips. Her honors include MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week for October 1.
Senior Amanda Phillips plays number one singles and number one doubles for Alvernia. For the fall season, Phillips goes 5-1 in singles and 6-0 in doubles with Chuprinsky. Her honors include MAC Commonwealth player of the week for October 8.
The tennis team ends their fall season with a winning record, but some of the strongest opponents will come in the spring season.
Head Alvernia tennis coach Jenny Perry says, “We are currently undefeated, and I believe we will stay that way if we continue to work as hard as we have been.”
Perry is optimistic that Alvernia women’s tennis team will compete for the team championship during the spring season and maintain a winning record throughout the fall and spring.
Perry began coaching for Alvernia’s women’s tennis team 10 years ago, after working as assistant coach at Alvernia for four years.
Alvernia University women’s tennis team plays in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth. Six singles players and three doubles teams participate in every match in the fall and spring seasons. The fall season runs from September 4 to October 21.
The fall season wraps up in Wilkes-Barre, PA at the MAC individual tournament, where players in both the MAC Commonwealth and MAC Freedom come together and compete for medals.
The spring season matches begin in March. Alvernia’s women’s tennis team will compete against teams in the MAC Commonwealth during that season.
Teams that Alvernia competes against in the MAC Commonwealth are Stevenson University, Hood College, Arcadia University, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Albright College, and Messiah College .