Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women’s tennis team, in its fifth season under Head Coach Lori Shulman, will open the 2020 spring schedule with a home match against Smith on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. Last season, the Bantams went 4-10 against a tough New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schedule, coming up short in several close decisions that will hopefully go the other way this spring with a talented and veteran roster. Trinity boasted several solid performances in the fall at the Wallach Doubles Invitational at Bates, the ITA Division III Regional Championships at Middlebury, and the New England Tournament (NEWITT) at Mount Holyoke and Smith.
"I am very happy with the way we played in the fall and in the practices we have had leading up to the spring," said Shulman. "We want to continue to build and get better every year. Our focus is on our process, but with a veteran roster we are looking to qualify for the NESCAC Tournament."
Senior tri-captains Julia Brogan (Falmouth, Maine), Krista Jiranek (Owings Mills, Md) and Jillian Winer (Bolton, Mass.) have each provided their own unique but effective leadership style, beginning in the off-season and leading right into the start of varsity matches. Brogan has been a fixture in the top half of Trinity's singles lineup and posted an impressive 7-6 mark as the Bantams' No. 3 player last spring. Winer, a two-year captain and a starter every season, has been consistent throughout her career with a 24-23 record. Jiranek is an extremely hard worker who has 43 varsity matches under her belt, and continues to fight for a regular spot in the lineup. Fellow senior Elena Pellegrini (Leghorn, Italy), who transferred to Trinity last season, returns as well after playing No. 1 in all but one match last spring.
Brogan and Pellegrini should be joined by first-year Isabella Hartman (New York, N.Y.), who enjoyed a productive fall campaign, in the top half of the singles ladder. Junior Lily Everett (Nassau, Bahamas) and sophomore Ashley Walker (New Canaan, Conn.) will battle Jiranek for the remaining spots in a competition that should spill into the competitive season. Everett played great tennis in the fall in singles and doubles, while Walker was solid as Trinity's No. 6 with a 9-8 record as a rookie in 2018-19. Trinity senior Federica Cristofanilli (Philadelphia, Pa.) provides depth, but Trinity must replace the production of injured sophomore Marta Drausnik (Zagreb, Croatia), who played No. 2 singles and doubles as a rookie a year ago.
In doubles, senior Morgan Wilkins (Halesite, N.Y.), who could also contribute in singles, and Everett have continued their excellent play from the fall during the pre-season. The pair reached the finals of a doubles draw at NEWITT this fall, and will start together for the Bantams this spring. Brogan and Hartman developed a chemistry in doubles during the fall as well, while Pellegrini and Winer should open the spring as a doubles tandem. Jiranek and Walker are another Bantam doubles team ready to compete at the varsity level.