Women's tennis goal for season is to keep improving

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard Women’s tennis head coach, Ed Dickson has a simple message for his team this year: work hard and the results will be there. He hopes that the team will work hard day in and day out to continue to improve as the season goes on.

“During the fall, we were getting to know each other,” Dickson said. “I was trying to determine their level of work ethic early on and as the fall went on, there was improvement towards the end.”

Brevard returns five players from last years’ squad, including senior Katie Daugherty and sophomore Jule Hermann. Daugherty went 12-5 in singles action, including 10-5 at No. 1 singles and 2-0 at No. 2. She was also 11-6 in No. 1 doubles while Hermann went 5-12 at No. 3 singles. 

Dickson believes that the process starts again as the spring competition begins. He says that competing will bring a new sense of urgency than what the team did in practice this fall but it will show the work done by the players.

The team also returns senior Ana Drummond, who also is a member of the women’s soccer team at Brevard, and juniors Camille Cameron and Nirvanna Silva. Newcomers include sophomore Anita Maryskova, who was also Drummond’s teammate on the women’s soccer team, and freshman Lisa Pettig.

“We have some good talent. Lisa is new player coming in. She had a rough fall being injured but she has worked hard to come back strong and I see improvement every day,” explained Dickson. “I’m hoping our players keep improving throughout the season. If we do that, the wins will happen.”

Similar to the men’s team, coach Dickson believes that the players cannot think of this as an activity but as a competitive sport to keep that mentality throughout the year.

The Tornados begins competition this Saturday against Division I foe, UNC-Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina.

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