BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – First year Head Coach Carlee Petro is excited about the potential of the Birmingham-Southern women's tennis team this spring. The Panthers lost just two starters from last year, including Petro, so they are brimming with an experienced lineup.
"It's definitely been a crazy transition," said Petro of moving from player to coach. "But the girls are so familiar with me it has been good. Practices have been really productive and intense. And I've been working on fundamentals and doubles. Because that's what it's going to come down to in our matches this year."
Seniors McKenzie Courtney (Mobile, Ala./UMS Wright) and Isabella Wisener (Horton, Ala./Douglas HS) are expected to lead the way to a Southern Athletic Association championship. Sophomore Alyssa Yager (Gardendale, Ala./Gardendale HS) spent significant time in the lineup as a true freshman and will also add some experience in the top spots.
"They are all competitive with each other, so they will all contribute in those top three positions," said Petro of the trio.
Emily Enoch (Nashville, Tenn./Christ Presbyterian Academy) is another key returner for the Panthers. "She has been working really hard and is a very solid, consistent player."
The Panthers open the season at home against Snead State on Saturday, January 26. After a busy weekend in Orlando, Fla., BSC returns home for a match against MUW on March 17. Their first conference match will be on the road at Oglethorpe University March 30.
The 2019 SAA Tournament will be held in Murfreesboro, Tenn. April 25-27.
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