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Maggie Christ

Sports editor

Women’s tennis sets the bar high for new season.

In their first tournament of the year, RC Women’s Tennis defeated all at the Ferrum Fall Tournament last Saturday.  They beat Lynchburg, Ferrum and Randolph Colleges. RC led by far with a score of 36 of 38 possible points by the end of the competition.  They finished second and third in the #5 singles, the only one of nine they did not take first.

Team leader, Lauren Dodson ’13, won 8-4 and 8-1 to Lynchburg and Randolph respectively, and Corbin Leitch ’13 won 8-1 and 8-0 in her #2 spot.  Newcomers Jennifer Antoszyk ’15 and Haley Goodes ’15 dominated the #3 and #4 positions.  RC overcame the competition in doubles.

The Friday before traveling to Ferrum, RC hosted Southern Virginia University on their home courts beating them 8-1.

Again Leitch, Dodson, and Antoszyk dominated the top spots.  In doubles, Dodson and Leitch took #1 in a close match ending in 8-6.  Antoszyk and Goodes took SVU in the #2 spot and Lucy Webb ’12 won #5 singles before partnering with Taylor Carmean ’15 to take #3 doubles.

Head Coach Justin Fainter just joined the RC community from Harrisonburg, VA where he coached high school boys’ tennis.

“There are the obvious differences between coaching boys and girls but amount of work is significantly different between high school and college.  [The girls] work hard, and time management at Roanoke is important to make sure things get done,” Fainter said.

Fainter has high hopes for the girls at Roanoke this season and is excited about the four freshmen that have joined the already strong team.  Dodson and Leitch are both All-Conference the last two years as well.

The talent that was already present on the team “makes things easier” according to Fainter about the upcoming season.

“There is a lot of potential for coming years,” Fainter said.

This weekend the girls will travel to Fredericksburg to compete in the ITA Regionals.

“We’ll play some of the best teams in the region at ITA.  Ferrum was a good place to start, but not our end goal,” Fainter said.