After a loss to Juniata on Wednesday, April 17, the Goucher Women Tennis team’s season wrapped up a
Kelsey Turner sets up for a backhand in a conference match. (Photo: Christopher Riley)
difficult season. Because of their loss to Juniata, the Gophers were not able to get a bid in the postseason tournament. The final four are Scranton, Juniata, Catholic, and Moravian. In the preseason poll, the Gophers were ranked third, with the Landmark Conference officials stating, “[The Gophers] will have the potential to contend for a top four spot if they receive sufficient contributions from the bottom of the lineup.” Interestingly, coach Sally Baum had a similar statement at the season’s end. She said,
“We had strength at the top of our lineup with Amanda Bercovici ‘15 at No. 1 singles and Amanda and Alex Walsh ‘15 at No. 1 doubles. After that, we struggled to put together consistent performances.”
The Gophers had a very young season, with six freshmen joining the team.
The consistency in the No. 1 singles with Bercovoci was a highlight of the season. Regionally ranked, Bercovoci had a 21-4 overall record, and a 6-0 conference record. On April 17, she defeated Waring of Juniata 7-5, 6-0. This was quite an achievement after the Gophers fell to Dickinson in every singles match just a week prior to facing Juniata.
One of the Gophers’ strengths is in doubles play. Walsh and Bercovoci were undefeated in conference doubles matches in #1, and senior Hanora Barron and junior Emily Ruff bested Juniata in No. 3 doubles. However, Juniata defeated Goucher in the No. 2, 3, 4, and 6 singles matches, and ended up defeating the Gophers.
However, Coach Baum is hopeful for the future. “Some of our younger players could step in very capably next fall for our departing seniors Hanora Barron and Ryan Derham,” Baum said.
Additionally, the players in the No. 1 position are juniors, and certainly can continue to improve their skills to be even more successful next season.