Young women's tennis team begins 2018-19 season this weekend

Emma Weller '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Emma Weller '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College women's tennis team kicks off their fall season with the 2018 Mary Hosking Invitational at William Smith College on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9.

All but two of the 12 players on the Continentals' roster are either first-years or sophomores. Jane Haffer '19 is the team captain and Emma Weller '19 joins her on the team's senior class. Haffer has 34 career singles and 26 career doubles victories at Hamilton.

Kat Roberts '22 is the top seed and Sophia Aulicino '21 is the No. 2 seed in the "A" flight singles bracket this weekend at William Smith. Audrey Chor '21 joins them in the top flight. SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth College, RIT, St. Lawrence University, University of Rochester and Ithaca College are also competing this weekend.

The Continentals own three of the top four seeds in the "B" flight singles bracket including: Haffer (No. 1 seed), Becca Ingber '22 (No. 3) and Ajla Karabegovic '21 (No. 4). A pair of first-years -- Samantha Tassillo '22 and Sarah Bargamian '22 -- are in the "C" flight singles bracket. Hannah Katz '21 and Weller are playing in the "D" flight singles bracket.

In doubles play, Aulicino and Chor are the top seed in the "A" flight bracket, and Karabegovic and Roberts are the No. 3 seed. Hamilton has three entries in the "B" flight doubles bracket including: Haffer and Ingber, Bargamian and Ndanu Mutisya '21, and Tassillo and Eleanor Struthers '22.

Aulicino led the Continentals with a 13-5 singles record last season. Karabegovic was next with 11 singles wins and Chor boasted 10. Karabegovic topped the team with 10 doubles victories and Chor was next with eight. The duo combined to win six matches as a doubles pairing.

The Hamilton women have a tournament at Ithaca College (Sept. 15 and 16) and the ITA Northeast Regional Championships back at William Smith (Sept. 22-24) still to come this fall. The Continentals have more than a dozen matches, including six against NESCAC opponents, scheduled for the spring. The women also play a handful of teams down in Orlando, Florida, during the College's two-week spring break.