NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics) – The Westminster College women’s tennis team, under fourth-year Head Coach Dave Hayden, returns five members from last year’s team, including All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Second Team players junior Alex Marzouca (Miami, FL / Immaculate Conception) and sophomore Julia Serbati (Oil City, PA / Oil City Area). Marzouca finished runner-up in the 2017 PAC Championships in both number two singles and number two doubles. Serbati also finished runner-up at the Championships in both number four singles and number one doubles.
“We are looking forward to this upcoming season,” said Hayden. “We got five new players back, seven new players on the team, and going into this year, like every year, the expectations are to be PAC Champions.”
Last season, Westminster finished9-4 overall and 7-1 in PAC play for the fall. After starting the season 1-3, the Titans went on an eight-match winning streak, totaling a 59-13 set record during that span. Sophomores Casey Barton (Forest Hills, NY / Dominican Academy), Alexis Grates (Tarentum, PA / Highlands), and McKenna Robinson (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) round out the returners. Westminster also adds seven newcomers to this year’s squad.
“Having all these new players coming in and only a few returning starters, the lineup is going to be very competitive and we are going to have a completely different look to the lineup,” said Hayden. “It will be exciting. With the new PAC format, things will change a little bit the way the season goes as well.”
Westminster was picked to finish second in the PAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, totaling two first-place votes and 56 total points.
The Titans open the season at home against Franciscan University on Friday, August 31 at 4 p.m. Westminster concludes the regular season on Thursday, October 11 at Grove City College at 3:30 p.m. The 2018 PAC Championship will begin Friday, October 19 and conclude Saturday, October 20.