MACOMB, Ill. - The Leatherneck women's tennis team are making their preperations to begin the 2013 season at the University of Illinois in Champaign on Friday (Jan. 18).
"In the Fall we had a series of challenge matches between all of our players to determine starting positions," said third-year head coach Chris Kane.
Yessenia Mejia, who is coming in for her first year of play from Elgin Community College, will be Coach Kane's number one player when the team travels to Illinois.
"She is a very consistent player, good ground stroker and can cover the court extremely well," said Kane. "Yessenia won't miss a lot of shots, but she's going to be playing at that number one position which is no picnic no matter where you play."
"Elana, who came in from junior college, has a little bit of everything. Good serve, she can hit ground strokes and can rally well while also being one of the better vollyers on the team," said Kane. "Kristen is an excellent competitor and it means a lot to her how she performs. For her size she covers the court extremely well, pretty consistent player with a very nice backhand in particular with a good serve."
"Megan returns from last year with a good forehand which is the strength of her game. Holly is a nice addition at number six. She is a pleasure to coach with a good all-around game and plays good doubles for us."
While the Leathernecks have a set six starters for Friday at Illinois they are still putting together their doubles teams.
"Doubles sometimes takes a little experimentation. We'll see what happens at Illinois and we'll have an open mind going in," said Coach Kane.
"The overall outlook on this team is that we are much improved from where we were a year ago. It's stronger. We play a rough schedule," said Kane. "Illinois will be excellent competition and we enjoy going to play with them. We're looking forward to the challenge."