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KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University women's tennis team is eager to jump into its 2017 campaign this fall. KU returns six players and with a healthy lineup, is optimistic for great improvement this coming season. The Golden Bears featured a young team last season and used the year to gain experience as new faces were filling in greater roles in the lineup. Despite the team's 3-11 record, KU knows it improved as a program and hopes to use last season as a building block to elevate the program forward.
enters her third season as the head tennis coach at KU and is hoping to see continued progression early-on this season. 'Our teamwork and camaraderie improved tremendously throughout the year, and I am expecting that to continue to grow this season,' Bucklin-Webber said. 'Almost half of our team was plagued by injuries last year, but they all are healthy this year and have a new motivation to get back on the court and succeed.' Kutztown features four returning upperclassmen this season who have all played significant matches at KU. Two newcomers join the program - one senior and one freshman - as added depth aims to be one of the greatest improvements for the team. Bucklin-Webber will have greater opportunities to rotate her lineup on a needed basis to preserve health through a long season. Along with individual progression, Kutztown can look to doubles play as an area of improvement for the first semester. The quicker KU can solidify its doubles pairings with consistency, the better off it will be. 'We couldn't quite get the consistency down with our doubles teams last year,' Bucklin-Webber said. 'We will continue to work on that early-on this season, and our experience from last year should allow us to build those pairings quicker.' KU won matches in most of its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matches last season, and added consistency could allow KU to improve its conference record and make a run at a potential playoff berth. 'Our goals are always to make the PSAC Championships, play better than we did last year and to have everybody on the team improve,' Bucklin-Webber said. 'I saw the improvement we made last year and feel this team has the potential to improve in the PSAC this season.'
returns as KU's top singles player as a sophomore. She acclimated to collegiate tennis well last season and hit her stride at the end of the season, winning her final five singles matches to earn All-PSAC recognition. Bucklin-Webber is confident Capoferri will be able to produce right away in either one of the top-two flights.
also improved greatly as a freshman last year in her first year of competitive tennis. Junior played well in doubles matches last year and looks to carry over that confidence into singles play. KU will have three juniors eager to get back on the court after battling injuries down the stretch last season. and were both playing well in the spring before hitting setbacks due to injury, but are both ready to get back on the court and re-acclimate themselves with high-speed play.
will miss the fall season but is expected back this spring. Kutztown has two newcomers on its roster. is a senior who returns to competitive tennis after taking time off, but brings great footwork and a great attitude. Elyssa Tomczak is a freshman who aims to build experience and adjust to collegiate tennis in her first year on campus. The fall season opens for Kutztown on Friday, Sept. 15, with a home match against Holy Family at Keystone Courts. KU competes in the PSAC Individual Championships from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Bloomsburg, and closes out its fall season with three home matches in October.