ENC’s women’s tennis won their first conference match in four years on Sept. 6.
Playing Curry College at the home courts, ENC won the match 5-4, giving them their first conference win for the 2014 season.
Women’s tennis currently holds a 1-2 conference record after falling to Western New England and Salve Regina at 0-9 for both matches.
In the Curry match, Freshman Alecia Tubbs (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman Jordan Cressman (Bowmanstown, Pa.) both gained a point for ENC at second doubles.
Freshman Lindsey Steelman (Darlington, Md.) and junior Tressa Burrello (Herkimer, N.Y.) won their matches at first and second singles, respectively. Curry College’s third and sixth singles retired from their matches, giving two automatic points for ENC and resulting in the win.
Women’s tennis has four new players on the team, totaling their team to eight players.
With two wins at just two weeks into the season, the team has already met their highest record from the past four years. In 2012, women’s tennis held a 2-10 overall, 0-8 conference record.
“The new players seem to have adapted very well,” Burrello said, “After the first match, they caught on very quickly to the flow of a college match.”
Sophomore Hannah Lariviere (Biddeford, Maine) named Steelman, a freshman playing first singles, as one of the team’s strongest assets this year.
“[Steelman] has incredible talent and a lot of potential for the future,” Lariviere said, “I can’t wait to see her grow as a tennis player… in the years to come.”
Burrello, playing her third year on the ENC tennis team, sees the new players as contributing to the team dynamic.
“Out of my years playing on the tennis team, the team we have this year is a very connected group,” Burrello said, “We are all friends… and communicate with one another well.”
Lariviere has high hopes for the rest of the season.
“Our team has played well during the first few games, so I predict that we will continue improving throughout the season and that we will be able to bring home a few more wins for the team,” Lariviere said.
Women’s tennis plays their next match at Nichols College on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.