With an experienced roster featuring three seniors and three
juniors, the Stetson women's tennis team is set to open the 2013 campaign on
Saturday, Feb. 2 against Flagler College. Last year, the Hatters fell to
eventual Atlantic Sun Conference Champion North Florida in the semifinals.
Seniors Sara Lazarevic (Calgary, Alta.), Jen Miller (Tampa,
Fla.), and Clarke Tatje (Eustis, Fla.) will be looked at to lead the team this
spring. The trio of seniors won a combined 29 singles matches last season.
The three juniors on the roster are Diana Bukajeva (Riga,
Latvia), Lindsey Cable (Gainesville, Fla.), and MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell
(Asheville, N.C.). They were equally
instrumental to the team's success last season, contributing a combined 34
singles wins in 2012.
"The experiences that our upperclassmen have gained over the
years, for example our semifinal comeback against conference winner UNF in last
year's A-Sun Tournament, will be an important part of our successes this year,"
Stetson Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said.
The Hatters have five underclassmen on the team; one
sophomore and four freshmen. Rachel Luke (Virginia Beach, Va.) is the only
sophomore on the team, but she did not compete last season. The freshmen on the
team are Andrea Crespo (Valencia, Spain), Anja Erwin (Longwood, Fla.), Eveline
Lepinay (Quebec City, Quebec), and Alexandra Lyubimova (Miami, Fla.).
"The freshmen have done a great job in acclimating
themselves to the team culture here at Stetson," Assistant Coach Christophe
Noblet said. "We are looking forward to having them impact the team in a
positive way this season."
After the opener against Flagler, the Hatters host five home
matches before heading on their first road trip. They will host Charleston
Southern (Feb. 9), Iowa State (Feb. 15), and Florida A&M (Feb. 23), before
taking on four-time Southern Conference champion #63 College of Charleston on
March 2. The Hatters finish their home-stand on March 4 against Pennsylvania.
Stetson will then hit the road for the first time, taking a
trip to California where the team will take on Cal State Fullerton on March 7,
and Cal State Northridge on March 8. The Hatters will return to the Mandy Stoll
Tennis Center for four games, two of which will be their first conference contests. A-Sun matches against Northern Kentucky
(March 14) and Lipscomb (March 16) are sandwiched between tilts against
Cleveland State (March 12) and #72 Harvard (March 19).
"The team has an excellent non-conference schedule,
including two home matches vs. nationally ranked teams, a first in the history
of the women's program," Pilote said.
The Hatters will travel to Georgia for two matches against
conference foes Kennesaw State and Mercer, on March 22 and 23, respectively.
The Hatters will then return to DeLand for two matches against ETSU (March 28)
and USC Upstate (March 30).
Stetson's final three matches of the regular season will
take place in the state of Florida; at defending A-Sun Champion North Florida
on April 6, as well as at home against UCF on Apr. 10 and Florida Gulf Coast on
"The women's programs in the conference continue to get
stronger each year, so this season will be extremely competitive," Pilote
The Atlantic Sun Conference championship will take place on
April 19-21 in Johnson City, Tennessee.