Season Preview of Patriot League Women’s Tennis 2022

BETHLEHEM, Dad. – The 2022 Patriot League women’s tennis season kicked off on Saturday, January 15, when Army West Point opened the season against Syracuse and Dartmouth.

Boston University takes on Yale this weekend, along with Bucknell against Villanova, Loyola Maryland against St. Bonaventure, and Navy hosts Saint Francis and St. Bonaventure.

Colgate and Lehigh kick off their 2022 season on February 5-6 against Saint Francis and Marist.

Finally, Lafayette will begin their season against Fairfield on Saturday, February 12.

Nine of the 13 All-Patriot League Team rosters from the 2021 Championship will return for the 2022 season. Boston University sophomore, Kaitlin Tan, 2021 Rookie of the Year, returns, along with Patriot League winners Doubles Team of the Year 2021, Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent of Army West Point.

Lehigh University will host the 2022 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Championship on Thursday, April 21 and ends on Sunday, April 24.

ARMY WESTPOINT BLACK KNIGHTS
Head Coach: Paul Peck (27th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 12/7
All-League Returners: Stephanie Dolehide (2021 First Team, Doubles Team of the Year), Caroline Vincent (2021 Second Team, Doubles Team of the Year)

The Black Knights return Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent’s Patriot League Doubles Team of the Year for the 2022 season. Peck’s squad welcomes 12 of its competitors from last season’s roster and is eager to return to full competition this spring .

Head Coach Paul Peck on the Black Knights…
“I’m really excited for this season. We have a nice mix of returning veteran players and talented incoming plebes. It’s nice to be in charge of Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent and to be back in the 2021 Patriot League Doubles Team of the Year Losing Ana Joyner, three-time Patriot League player of the year, hurts, but we have a lot of new talent coming to join our team and that gives us a lot of depth. Our whole team is excited and ready to make it another great year to make.”

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS
Head Coach: Lesley Sheehan (36e season)
Letter winners return/lost: 7/5
All-League Returners: Victoria Carlsten (2021 First-Team), Erica Di Battista (2021 Second-Team), Kaitlin Tan (2021 First-Team, 2021 Rookie of the Year, 2021 Tournament MVP), Shelly Yaloz (2019 First-Team , 2019 Rookie of the Year, 2019 Doubles Team of the Year), Emily Kim (2021 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2019 Second-Team, 2019 Doubles Team of the Year)

The Terriers return three 2021 Patriot League All-League honors in Victoria Carlsten, Erica Di Battista and Kaitlin Tan, who earned the Rookie of the Year laurel last season. The 2021 Patriot League champions are looking to defend their title when seven members of their championship team return this spring.

Head Coach Lesley Sheehan on the Terriers…
“We are excited to have a full spring schedule this year and build on the positive results of the fall. The team will face a competitive non-conference schedule that will prepare them for the Patriot League tournament. a 50-50 mix of talented upper and lower classmen who can’t wait to play.”

BUCKNELL BISON
Head Coach: Tammy Cecchini (3rd season)
Letter winners return/lost: 5/5
All-League Returners: Daniela Bellini (2019 Second Team)

Cecchini’s Bison squad lost five student athletes to graduate school, including 2021 Patriot League Second-Team member Cayla Koch, but Bucknell will have plenty of talent on the roster. Senior Daniela Bellini, a 2021 All-League second-team member, leads the squad into the 2022 season.

Head Coach Tammy Cecchini at the Bison…
“This is probably one of the strongest teams I’ve ever coached. It could even turn out to be the strongest. We have talent from first to sixth singles and doubles will be fun because we have so many possible combinations for teams. I We can We also see that our players are very close, which is important for a team of our size. We are getting great leadership from our senior captain, Daniela Bellini.”

COLGATE RAIDERS
Head Coach: Bobby Pennington (16th Season)
Letter winners return/lost: 7/3
All-League Returners: None

Pennington’s Colgate team welcomes seven members to the 2021 team and lost only three seniors due to graduation. Eager to return to a regular season of Patriot League competition, the Raiders will be looking to their upperclassmen and senior captains to lead the way in the 2022 season.

Head Coach Bobby Pennington on the Raiders…
“The women are very excited about their first full spring season since 2019. Over the past two seasons, Colgate’s women’s tennis has been a combined 12-6 overall and two ultra-talented competitive freshmen at the top. We’ve had a strong fall season and are looking forward to spring.” build on this success with a competitive non-conference and conference slate.”

HOLY CROSS CROSS FATHER
Head Coach: Mike Lucas (18th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 8/4
All-League Returners: None

Lucas welcomes eight players to the 2021 season after losing four to graduation. Joining the returnees are five newcomers who will look to their senior league leadership to lead them into a competitive season in 2022.

Head Coach Mike Lucas on the Crusaders…
“We are looking forward to spring after a successful fall campaign. We have great senior leadership who will guide us through the challenges of the season, and we can’t wait to start competing.”

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS
Head Coach: Ralph Van Ormer (5th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 6/6
All-League Returners: None

The Leopards add three newcomers to the roster, looking to take advantage of the fall season and make real progress in the Patriot League’s play through the 2022 season.

Head Coach Ralph Van Ormer on the Leopards…
“With the addition of some freshmen, we want to improve our team’s capabilities and compete with all eight other teams in the Patriot League. We have made some tremendous progress in our program and will continue to work to make ourselves better.”

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Head Coach: Sarah Hendrix (5th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 5/3
All-League Returners: None
Hendrix and the Mountain Hawks are returning five of their 2021 competitors to the 2022 team. The young Mountain Hawks squad welcomes two freshmen who are eager to compete against the Patriot League opponents this 2022 season.

Head Coach Sarah Hendrix at the Mountain Hawks…
“There is a lot of excitement as we look ahead to the start of our season in just a few weeks. We are hungry and ready to take full advantage of this opportunity to represent Lehigh and compete as a team this spring with a full schedule.”

LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS
Head Coach: Rick McClure (42nd season)
Letter winners return/lost: 11/3
All-League Returners: None

McClure and the Greyhound women are counting on the momentum of the team’s performance through the fall season to head into the spring. After losing just three seniors from the 2021 squad and returning 75% of last year’s roster, the Greyhounds are poised to take on the 2022 Patriot League competitive season.

Head Coach Rick McClure on the Greyhounds…
“The Loyola women’s tennis team is gearing up for a challenging Dual Match spring season in 2022. The Greyhounds will rely on the senior leadership of Abby Decker, Sandra Aguirre, Julia Thompson, Brook Santoriello and Gen Wurtz. The team is supported by sophomore Olivia Tracey and Anna Rico and freshmen Lauren Manwiller and Jessica Bodewes.The team is focused on representing Loyola and entering the highly competitive Patriot League.”

NAVY MIDSHIPS
Head Coach: Keith Puryear (14th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 8/3
All-League Returners: Meghana Kormarraju (2021 Second Team), Kacey Moore (2021 First Team), Jillian Taggart (2021 First Team)

The 2021 Patriot League Championship runner-up Puryear and the Navy program look set to return in full swing this spring. Led by two first-team winners in senior Kacey Moore and junior Jillian Taggart, and senior Meghana Kormarraju, a second-team honoree, the Mids return eight for the 2022 season.

Head Coach Keith Puryear on the Midshipmen…
“We look forward to participating in what we hope will be a full season of Patriot League competition. This year could be one of the most competitive I’ve experienced at Navy. Each school has significant additions to their added to the lineup, and levels of play across the board continue to rise exponentially. We look forward to what should be a fun and challenging season in the Patriot League.”

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