Women’s Tennis Team Heads
for Nationals as Defending Champs
MCCC Women’s Tennis Team is completing its practice season prior
to the NJCAA national tournament, which commences in Tucson, AZ, on
May 6. According to MCCC Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla, the women have
put in a lot of hard work since January, refining the skills that
earned them the national title in May 2005 and the Region 19 title
in the fall with a record of 7-0.
At a two-year school, where player turn-over is often the case, Vecchiolla
has retained all but one of his starting players from last year. “I’ve
never had a more experienced team,” he said. “Everyone
is playing well. We are pumped up for this tournament.”
are, back row, l. to r., Jessica Fleming, Daniela Provost, Caitlin
Bagdonas, Asst. Coach Ralph Bencivengo, Siobhan Cahill,
Asst. Coach Barb Pleva, and Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla;
F ront row, l to r., Sherry Lin, Monica Nichols, co-captains Natalia
Huff and Krystle Duay, Jane Senor, and Rachel Hendrickson.
notes that like last year, the roster is strong in all nine flights. “Regardless
of our finish at Nationals, I'll be talking about this particular team
for years,” he said. “I've been awestruck by the team's chemistry
and the players’ commitment to their games and to each other. These
women will go into the tournament focused and determined, recognizing
that at the national level the matches are always competitive."
roster includes: co-captain Natalia Huff (#1), Caitlin Bagdonas (#2),
Rachel Hendrickson (#3), co-captain Krystle Duay (#4), Siobhan Cahill
(#5), Sherry Lin (#6), Jane Senor (#7), Monica Nichols (#8), Daniela Provost
(#9), and Jessica Fleming (#10). In doubles pairings, Huff/Senor will
play at #1, Bagdonas/Cahill will play at #2 and Hendrickson /Duay will
play at #3.
As the dominant powerhouse in Region 19, Mercer has won the regional title
for nine consecutive years, and has won the national championship four
times. In 2005, Vecchiolla was inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Tennis
Coaches Hall of Fame. With a career record at Mercer of 66 wins and 4
losses and four national titles to his credit, Vecchiolla is responsible
for putting Mercer on the national map in women’s tennis since he
helped to revive the team in 1998 after a 12-year hiatus.
Assisting Vecchiolla are Barb Pleva and Ralph Bencivengo.
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