Fall Preview: Women's Tennis
WILMORE, Ky. – With only two players returning from last season, the Asbury women’s tennis team looks to bring youth, energy and fresh faces onto the court to improve its record from last season.
Improving that record, however, may prove to be more difficult than not after posting a record of 11-3 in 2012. The Eagles’ only losses came to eventual conference championship winner Indiana-Southeast and out-of-conference foe Oakland City University. Coach Jared Miller says this season will be different than any other that he has had in his four seasons, but he is looking forward to taking on this ambitious challenge.
“This team comes in with no history to live up to or to dwell on,” Miller said. “It is almost an entirely new team, and I want them to go into the season giving their best effort.”
“There is always a sharp learning curve when you get to this level and for the preseason and even into the first few matches it is going to be a learning opportunity for these girls,” Miller added.
Looking from last year to now
The only returners on the roster this season are senior Miriam Waslewski and junior Kara Kaneko. The two appeared in just 13 singles matches over the course of the season, but posted a combined 9-4 record. Waslewski appeared in eight doubles matches with various partners and collected a 6-2 record.
Last year, the Eagles advanced to the KIAC finals before losing to Indiana-Southeast by a score of 5-1.
What the new look Eagles do have this season is 10 fresh faces from six different states and one from Argentina. To see the full roster, click here!
What to watch for
The Eagles open their 2013 slate of games with a trip to Portsmouth, Ohio to take on Shawnee State University, a team that head coach Jarred Miller has not coached against in his time with Asbury.
The next day the Eagles return to Pippa Passes, Ky., for a match against Alice Lloyd College—a team the Eagles swept 9-0 in their last meeting two seasons ago.
From there the Eagles take on Hanover College on September 9 for their first home match of the year before heading out to two tournaments—the Raiders Classic in Columbia, Ky., and the ITA Regionals in Georgetown.
Notably the Eagles will play all but one conference match (Brescia, 10/14) on their home courts this season, starting with Midway College on October 2 and finishing up with a rematch of last season’s KIAC Championship with Indiana-Southeast on October 19.
Coach Jarred Miller begins his fourth season as the head coach of women’s tennis team in 2013.
In only his first year at the helm of the women's program in 2010, Miller led the Eagles to a school-record 18 wins and the program's first trip to the NCCAA National Tournament. The Eagles also finished tied for second in the KIAC with a 9-3 league mark, also the best in school history and was named KIAC Women's Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season.
Last season the Eagles went 11-3 and finished runner-up in the KIAC tournament. Miller is 41-18 in three years as the women’s coach at Asbury.