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2002 Women's Tennis Building For a Bright Future Under First-Year Head Coach

FROSTBURG, MD - The 2002 women’s tennis team enters the year with some question marks but looks to find those answers early in the season.

The goal for the season is to grow together as a team. Only two players return from last season's roster as the program takes a new direction led by first-year head coach Stuart Swink.

Swink comes to FSU from nearby Potomac State (W.Va.) Junior College, where he coached both the men and women's teams since 2000. He is looking to make his first season with the Bobcats enjoyable, yet more importantly judge the team's success by improving match to match as it builds towards the future.

The team will be led by a core of young talent, as the squad has no seniors, allowing FSU to return all of its players while looking to add a few more skilled players next season. Improving this year, and looking forward to the future, is much more suitable for a program that has to essentially begin again.

Of course, do not expect the worst from this team and its coach. Swink has been very surprised by the talent level that he has been able to find at FSU, even with players with little to no experience in competitive tennis.

Sophomore Lisa Killen (Darnestown, Md./Quince Orchard) will begin the season at number one singles. Killen, who was forced to sit out her freshman year with a back injury, will return to a line-up that has the potential to compete with almost anyone the Bobcats face.

Killen has a great work ethic and is a power baseline player.

"We are setting our expectations of her within her game, not by her win-loss record," said Swink. "We need her to be consistent and be very creative in her shot selection."

At number two singles, and paired with Killen at number one doubles, will be sophomore Kirsten Getz (Frostburg, Md./Beall), who returns from last season’s 13-0 singles season that resulted in a number two singles championship and her being named AMCC Newcomer of the Year.

"Kirsten is an all-court player that has a great ability to play the net-and-volley game," said Swink.

Look for Getz to lead this team to many victories at the number two spot, and paired with Killen, in doubles where FSU was able to dominate teams last season.

At number three singles will be the Bobcats' other returning player from last season, junior Rachel Sooy (Crofton, Md./ Arundel).

Sooy is another all-court player with a solid serve and a great overhead shot. If she can add in some more shot selection to her game, look for her to make a huge contribution to the team’s chances for early success.

Number four and five singles will also be paired together to play at the second doubles flight.

Aimee Mendoza (Frostburg, Md./Great Mills) and Susan Adkins (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) both transferred to FSU and have great athletic talent to build upon. Each has great movement, communication skill that is critical in doubles play and solid mechanics.

Filling out the roster will be freshmen Michelle Mitchell (Landover, Md./Parkdale) and Erin McElwee (Baltimore, Md./Parkville), who are working hard to make contributions where most needed.

Three of the most critical spots on the team are the number five and six singles as well as the number three doubles spot. If a team can win these matches than they are in a great position to win the overall match.

"We will have an open ladder challenge this season, which allows players to compete against each other for their roster spots," said Swink. "This way the players can keep each other at the top of their games and we can see what kind of progress each player is making throughout the season. The players are responsible for how high on the roster they can go this year."

Frostburg State will open the season on the road at the Penn State Behrend Invitational on September 14th before taking on Lake Erie on September 15th at Penn State Behrend.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780