Tennis Season Outlook
Fall 2009 Preview
The Tigers will compete in three tournaments this fall - The Blue/Gray tournament at AUM, the ITA Regional, also at AUM and the Central Alabama Invitational in Alexander City. Seniors Paula Ghilardotti (NAIA All American) and Natalia Aranguren have been replaced by new recruits, freshman Eline Nagels from Belgium and junior Kate Mazackova from the Czech Republic, a transfer from Central Florida Community College. The addition of these two new talents means that the Tigers expect to be just as strong for the upcoming season. After finishing ranked #10 in the country last year Coach Leslie will use this fall season to work on technique and conditioning to prepare for the tough spring schedule.
Freshman Lyn See Choo was named 2nd team 2009 NAIA All American after her first season of competition. She was also named to the 2009 All Conference team along with teammate and doubles partner Hannah Thompson. The Brenau team also excelled in the classroom earning honors as an All Academic Team for the NAIA, the SSAC, and the ITA. This will be the third year in a row the team has attained these awards. Individually Natalia Aranguren, Paula Ghilardotti, Liubov Orlova, Nelli Martirosyan and Jolene Wong all received academic recognition in 2009. The Brenau team was also proud to receive the 2009 SSAC Sportsmanship Award.
The Tigers will be obliged to reshuffle their doubles combinations this semester following the graduation of Paula Ghilardotti and Natalia Aranguren and also decide on a new singles line-up. Doubles has been particularly strong component for the Brenau team so Coach Leslie plans on trying various player combinations before deciding on the right one. With seven on the team, and only 6 spots, competition for team positions will be intense this fall.The addition of the indoor courts will greatly facilitate practice as the weather gets colder and wetter. Their existence was instrumental in contributing to the team's fine performance