YORK, PA – The York College women's tennis season enters the 2013-14 season with a raised level of expectations.
Spartan head coach Ryan Weber returns a wealth of experienced players in addition to welcoming in a pair of dynamic freshmen who will have an immediate impact on the Spartans' fortunes this season.
Senior Dea Vlahos (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) returns to head the lineup as York's top singles player and a key doubles player. Vlahos, a captain for the Spartans this year, was thrust into the number one singles role last year and will use the experience she gained as a junior to lead the Spartans in 2013-14.
"Dea has continued to work hard and improve," says Weber. "She is a determined play who plays hard and fights on every point. She will use the experience she gained last year to help make her a better and more successful player this year."
York's other senior captain, Nikki Olson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin), will hold down a spot in the middle of the Spartans' singles lineup. Olson posted four wins playing primarily at the third singles slot. She enters her senior year with 16 career wins. Olson will combine with junior Lauren Valles (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) to form one of the Spartans' doubles team.
Junior Emily Price (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) moves up to the second singles spot for the Spartans after a strong sophomore campaign. Price finished 9-7 playing mostly at the fourth singles spot. She also helped account for six doubles wins during the year.
"Emily has played very good tennis so far this fall," says Weber. "She has clearly worked hard to improve and that improvement is very obvious."
"Emily has worked hard on her game and is starting to develop the consistency she needs to be a successful collegiate player," says Weber. "Megan is one of the most improved players on our team. I fully expect her to see action in both singles and doubles this year."
Weber's two newcomers will be expected to play a significant role on the Spartan squad this year. Freshmen Darian Naill (New Windsor, Md./South Carroll) and Mckenzie Krout (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) have earned spots in the starting lineup and Weber is expecting big things from the duo.
"Darian has already risen to the third singles slot and will be a consistent factor in doubles for us. She really has unlimited potential and it will be fun to see how good she can be," says Weber. "Mckenzie will start off the season as our number six but she has the potential to move up the lineup as she becomes more comfortable playing collegiate tennis."
Weber has raised the expectation for his team.
"We will be better than we were this year but we need all of our players to continue to work hard and improve for us to get better as a team. The pieces are here for a much better record, now we just need to go out and do it."
The Spartans open the fall campaign on Saturday, September 14 when they host Messiah College in a non-conference contest. The match is slated for a 1:00 pm start in York.