CASTLETON, Vt. -- Entering his 12th season at the helm, head coach Rob Purdy looks to lead the Castleton University women's tennis team into its second year in the Little East Conference (LEC). The Spartans are looking to improve on last season where they finished their inaugural season in the LEC with a 3-10 (0-9) record.
"We've gotten off to a good start," Purdy stated, "they've been practicing well and they're very coachable."
Megan Nadler returns for her senior season as team captain to help lead the team. Nadler finished 2018 with a 6-7 (3-7 LEC) singles record, leading the team in overall singles wins. She also added six wins in doubles to also lead the team. Nadler earned team MVP honors for the second consecutive season while also being named to the LEC All-Academic Team.
"Our team goals would be to have strong doubles teams," Nadler stated when asked about goals for the upcoming season, "We need to get those first three wins heading into singles a little more comfortably."
Joining Nadler are veterans Alexis Curley and Emily Miller. Curley, coming into her final season, produced five wins in 2018 while competing at fifth singles. She also added four doubles wins while playing with Megan Hunt. Miller, a junior finished the 2018 season with a 2-11 record (1-8 LEC) in singles and tallied one doubles win.
The Spartans will begin the 2019 campaign with three straight non-conference matches. The team will hit the road on Saturday, August 31 to take on Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. The Spartans took care of business last season as they defeated the Hornets 9-0.
The team will return home for two more non-conference matches against Farmingdale State and Plattsburgh before starting LEC play when they take on Salem State on Saturday, September 7.