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Women’s 2010 Season Preview

The Bates women’s team is excited about the season ahead of them. The starting line-up will be full of youth just as it was last season; and with the leadership of senior co-captains Alex Piacquad and Jean Gulliver, the Cats look to finish higher than they ever have in the NESCAC.  The team started official practice a week ago on February 15th, and spent the February break week practicing right here at Bates. The first match for the women will be on March 6th at Mt. Holyoke, a team they defeated last year. Their first home match will be a week later on March 13th against the MIT Engineers. For the complete schedule continue to scroll down on the blog.

As the aforementioned Piacquad(left) and Gulliver(right) have done a great job leading the team on and off the court throughout the year, they will be joined by some talented first-years. Katie Helfgott from Newton, MA brings a powerful game to the Bobcats and will look to dominate her opponents with the serve and forehand. Jacqui Holmes from Harvard, MA has shown great tenacity during her matches in the fall and an unbelievable work ethic in the off-season. Ashley Brunk from Phoenix, AZ has surprised the coaching staff with her ability. She has a great all court game and a mental toughness that will be necessary playing in the toughest conference in the nation. Adrienne Jaeger from Bath, ME has improved immensely from the fall and looks to continue getting better throughout the spring. Jenna Burke joins the Cats from Burlington, MA and has shown a sneaky transition game and good closure on the net. She hopes to use her net game to help improve the strength of the Cats’ doubles teams. Rounding out the class of 2013 is Nicole Russell from Boca Raton, FL. She helped the Bates volleyball team to a 16-9 season in the fall and brings a ton of athleticism and one of the best overheads in the region to the tennis team.

The class of 2012 who did so much last year to raise the level of play for this team, have continued to improve as sophomores. They are much more mature as they have a whole season of playing in the NESCAC under their belts. It is easy to see them as veterans since they played in almost every match last season, but they still have three exciting years to lead the Cats to new heights. Make sure you look for Meg Anderson of Cohasset, MA, Erika Blauth of Camden, ME, and Nikki Bugajski of Brookline, MA when checking out the results this year.

The Cats hope to see as many people out at the matches this spring whether it is right here on campus or checking us out on the road. This is going to be a great season and we hope you are as excited about it as we are.

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