2015 Women's Tennis ReviewApril 21, 2015
BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s tennis head coach Ed Dickson believed the Tornados season was all about overall improvement and that is something he saw as the year progressed. His first obstacle as the new head coach was that he didn’t have the numbers he wanted or needed for his roster.
“We didn’t have numbers to fill a full team,” explained Dickson. “I tried all fall to bring new players but was unsuccessful. They (the team) didn’t play a lot because I didn’t want them to play too much with the small numbers we had.”
Although the overall record did not show it, the Tornados did have some matches where they were in it but consistency wasn’t there for the full season. Senior Katie Daugherty was one of the top players on the squad this season; winning eight matches overall and six during conference play in the top singles spot.
Jule Hermann also was one of the top players playing at No. 2 singles with four wins this year. She also won six doubles matches with Daugherty as her doubles partner. Dickson saw these two that were always at the top of their game when playing together
“My real goal was to change the whole culture here and get the players love back for the game. All year long it was something we worked on. Some players improved but it wasn’t a consistent effort and our record shows it.”
Other players like freshman Lisa Pettig was also someone Dickson expected to be one of his top contributors to the team. However, she was sidelined by injury early on in the fall that carried over to the spring so she wasn’t able to compete a lot during her first collegiate season. She played her best through that though and showed improvement every day.
The most exciting match Dickson said was during the Tornados season-finale against Tusculum during Daugherty’s final college match. She had been trailing in both the first and second set 4-1 before coming back in both and forcing a third set tie-breaker against Tusculum’s top player.
“The best thing that happened this year was the way we finished up with Katie being the last match on the court and everybody fired up behind her and she came through with a great comeback in her final college match. The enthusiasm at that match was great and it was great to see it come together at the end.”
The Tornados hope to have that type of energy and culture carry over to next season and continue to improve and compete at a higher level in the conference.
Featured image courtesy of Robbie Robertson of the Traynsylvania Times.