Women's tennis fall season continues with regional championships

Lauren Holtzman '23 is part of a youth movement on the Hamilton women's tennis team (Josh McKee photo).
Lauren Holtzman '23 is part of a youth movement on the Hamilton women's tennis team (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College resumes its fall season on Saturday, Sept. 21 after a weekend off as the Continentals travel to Geneva, N.Y., for the 2019 USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Division III Northeast Regional Championships.

Five Hamilton players will compete in the tournament hosted by William Smith College from Saturday through Monday, Sept. 23. All five are either first-years or sophomores. Three of the Continentals' top six singles and doubles athletes are studying off campus during the fall semester and will rejoin the team in the spring. There isn't a single senior on the roster.

Nearly everyone returns in 2019-20 after Hamilton finished last season at No. 40 in the ITA Division III Women's Team Rankings and 13th in the Northeast Region, which includes New England. The Continentals posted an overall record of 11-4 and went 3-3 in the NESCAC. All four losses were against opponents that appeared in the season-ending rankings. Hamilton defeated Colby, Trinity and Connecticut College in the spring.

Sophia Aulicino '21 leads the 13-player roster after she went 18-7 as the Continentals' No. 1 singles player last season. Aulicino made the all-conference second team for singles and was No. 50 in the ITA Division III singles rankings. She made the quarterfinals of the singles draw at last year's ITA Northeast regional championships and paired up with Audrey Chor '21 to reach the semifinals of the doubles draw. Aulicino owns a 31-12 career singles record at Hamilton.

Chor won 11 singles matches and went 13-10 with Aulicino in doubles. Kat Roberts '22 enjoyed a fine rookie season with a 16-4 singles record and 13-5 doubles mark with Ajla Karabegovic '21. Sarah Bargamian '22 won eight singles matches and Becca Ingber '22 was 10-5. Bargamian was also part of the No. 3 doubles team for most of the spring. Head coach Matt Brisotti needs to replace Jane Haffer '19, who is tied for sixth all-time in team history with 42 career singles wins.

Lauren Holtzman '23 will help fill the hole left by Haffer's graduation. Holtzman captured the "A" flight singles bracket title at William Smith's 2019 Mary Hosking Invitational in early September. She also teamed up with Roberts to take the "A" flight doubles bracket title. Savi Roberts '23 was the "B" flight singles bracket winner and Bargamian reached the "C" flight singles bracket final.

Holtzman is one of the top 16 seeds in the 64-player singles bracket at this weekend's regional championships. Kat Roberts, Savi Roberts, Bargamian and Ingber are also in the draw. Ingber is matched up with the No. 2 seed in the first round. Holtzman and Kat Roberts are the fifth seed out of 32 teams in the doubles bracket. Bargamian and Savi Roberts are Hamilton's other doubles entry.