By Kate Collins
This year, the Union Women’s Tennis team is showing constant improvement.
In past years, records for the team have been satisfactory at most, with many losses in a tough league.
Yet this year, with the addition of many new players, the women’s tennis team has surprised many and is making a comeback.
Having beaten a few teams that Union has failed to beat before, the women’s tennis team continues their season with a record of 7-4 overall.
With only one senior and no juniors, it is clear that the team is a young team with lots of potential.
Samantha Muratori ’14 has been a loyal member of the tennis team since her first year.
Most recently, Muratoi claimed the only win for the team in a tough match against RPI, with an impressive score of 6-1, 6-0.
Muratori will certainly be missed as her season ends this Wednesday.
The team faces Bard in their last home match of the season.
In the past week, the women’s tennis team has made impressive strides for their seasonal record.
In a match against RIT, they earned their first victory in the Liberty League this season.
They swept in doubles with scores of 8-4, 8-0 and 8-2. All but #1 singles won their matches.
Later in the week, Union faced SUNY Oneonta, whom they hadn’t beaten in tennis in over 10 years.
The Dutchwomen won two out of three of their doubles matches and then continued to win five of six of their singles matches.
With this win, it is evident that the Union Women’s Tennis team is making a turn-around, and may surprise opponents at the Liberty League Championship in a week.
The majority of the team contains first years who fill important roles on the team.
Playing #1, #2 and #3 singles are Natalia Pronchick ’17, Mina Hsia ’17, and Margaret Oppenheim ’17.
Their additions to the team have made definite impact in the team’s new and successful record.
#1 singles player Pronchick came to Union from Lexington High School, a very impressive high school team in Massacusetts. Throughout her career at Lexington, she played #1 singles, with an impressive winning record and the title of Middlesex All-Star.
Hsia, the #2 singles player, arrived at Union from Fort Lee High School, where she was named to the All-League First Team.
Oppenheim, the #3 singles player, graduated from Saratoga Springs High School last year with an impressive record for her high school tennis team.
It is more than obvious that these three players have contributed greatly to the recent success for the team.
Kate Collins ’16, the #4 singles player, came to Union from Staples High School, with accomplishments including being named to the All-FCIAC West team.
Hayley Lough ’16, the #5 singles player, has been an invaluable member of the team with her consistent strokes and impressive record.
Then comes Muratori, as #6 singles, who can always be depended on to win her match.
As the only senior on the team, Muratori has participated in over 35 singles matches over the last four years and kept up an impressive record.
Although many people are unaware of Union Tennis, it is evident that the team is trying to make a name for itself.
Slowly but surely, they are creeping up on their opponents and taking down teams that they have not beaten before.
With such a young team, they can only get better from here.
Now that spring has sprung and the weather is warmer, make sure to check out the tennis team and cheer on U!