Women's Tennis Loaded Up For Season Opening Action

Jessica DeSimone

Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 11at Salve Regina Doubles Invitational, Newport, R.I, 1:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross women's tennis team opens up its 2010 fall slate at the Salve Regina Doubles Invitational, held at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport R.I. on Saturday, Sept. 11. The matches are set to begin at 1:00 p.m. Over the last few seasons, the Crusaders have typically begun their season at this tournament and finished third at the invitational last season. Highlighting last year was the No. 1 doubles tandem of junior Carolyn Chandley (Worcester, Mass.) and former player Kristen Meahl, who took home the consolation bracket championship title.
  • Coming into her second season as the head coach of the Holy Cross women's tennis team in 2010-2011, Lisa Meola looks to rebuild a team that lost four starting seniors and will have four other players missing competition due to other academic commitments. Meola will face the challenge of leading a team that returns three starters from last year's squad.
  • Taking over the leadership role will be juniors Emily Marr (Jefferson, Mass.) and Emma Rudnik (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and sophomore Jessica DeSimone (Lincoln, R.I.).  Marr played most of last season at No. 3 singles, combining for a record of 9-8 in all singles competitions throughout the year. Rudnik, who did not compete in singles competition last season, competed in 21 doubles competitions, mostly in the No. 3 spot. DeSimone did not see any action but will look to make an immediate impact filling a starting role. Also returning this fall is junior Jen Daffron (Ramsey, N.J.), who played in five matches last season at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
  • There will also be a set of six new faces donning the 2010-2011 Holy Cross women's tennis roster. Senior Alex Corrado (Summit, N.J.) joins the team after playing three years of lacrosse. Also joining Corrado will be freshmen Carrie Dajani (Lake Forest, Ill.), Mary McAuliffe, Catherine McKenna, Molly Montgomery (Winnetka, Ill.) and Maya Welch (Rye, N.Y.).
  • Meola returns as the head coach of the Holy Cross women's tennis team after leading her team to a 6-10 record in 2009-2010.  Previously, Meola was an assistant coach for Holy Cross and the head coach of the Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) women's tennis team for seven seasons.