Written by Chelsea Flintoft '14
Santa Clara, Calif—As students return to the Mission Campus after a month of break and winter quarter classes begin, the Bronco women's tennis team opens its regular season play verses the California Bears on Wed., Jan. 25th at home in the Degheri Tennis Center at 2:30 p.m.
The Bronco's enter competition ranked No. 70 in the nation—one of the highest rankings in the program's history heading into the 2012 spring season. With a newfound confidence, the girls hope to put up a strong fight against Cal.
The Broncos will once again face a challenging schedule in 2012. "We have set up a very difficult schedule this year so we hope it will pay off and we can achieve our goal of playing in the NCAA Tournament," said Bronco head coach Ben Cabell.
In non-conference play, Santa Clara will face off against teams from all over the country, Rice University, New Mexico State, Nevada and Utah State. Bay Area rivals University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's await the Broncos in conference play, along with the six other competitive WCC squads.
One of the highlights of this year's fall preseason was when Katie Le traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying rounds in October. She defeated three top competitors to advance to the All-American Championships at the Riviera Country Club. In the championship rounds, she defeated Jackie Wu from Vanderbilt University in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, but then came up short against the No. 3 seed, Anna Bartenstein of Miami. Currently, Le sits at the No. 37 spot and hopes to continue this year's success and reach the NCAA Tournament. Read more about her All-American run here.
Overall, the Broncos appear ready for a breakout spring campaign. Cabell's squad competed very well against fellow West Coast Conference and PAC-12 opponents in the fall, and they look to keep improving their ranking in the spring.
"At the ITA Championships, we got to compete against a lot of really good teams. The match experience helped me be more prepared and confident going into the upcoming season," said Junior Kelly Lamble.
With the entire team returning and the new talented addition of talented freshmen Brittany Warly, Charrlotte Newell and Nicolette Wolny, the 2011-12 season will be one for the record books for the Santa Clara women's tennis program.
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Game Notes—Jan. 25, 2012
Santa Clara vs. California @ Santa Clara, Calif. 2:30 pm