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After facing a rebuilding project in 2013-14, the Hollins tennis team and coach Brian Kastner enter the fall season with a deeper, more talented team. There is reason to expect much better results this season as the young group gained a tremendous amount of match experience last year. After returning just two starters a year ago, Hollins features a lineup with every starter from last season and a group of newcomers who will have an immediate impact.
Victoria Coffee '15 is back after a solid season at both number one singles and doubles. The senior tops a lineup that includes much more experience. Tiffany Hodges '15 returns for her final campaign. After filling in at the top of the lineup last season, she is able to move down the order to a more comfortable position. Madeline Perry '17 is a more seasoned player after going through her first collegiate season. She is poised for a breakout year.
Hollins plays their first of three events this fall on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, when they travel to Bluefield College for an invitational. The highly competitive ITA Regionals will be held the following weekend. Then, Hollins will close out the fall with a trip to North Carolina for the Methodist University Fall Invitational in early October.
The Hollins tennis team entered the 2014 season with one of the youngest squads in the ever-improving ODAC. With just two returning starters and one of their four All-ODAC players from the previous year, the team embarked on a rebuilding campaign.
Hollins was competitive at the top of their lineup throughout much of the season. Victoria Coffee '15, a 2013 All-ODAC performer in both singles and doubles, moved from #3 to #1 singles and proved up to the challenge. She completed the season with a 7-6 overall record while winning six of her 11 ODAC matches. At #1 doubles, Coffee teamed with Tiffany Hodges '15 and picked up four wins along the way. Hodges had to make an even bigger leap as she moved from #6 to #2 singles, which pitted her against some of the best players in the conference. The scrappy junior battled in each and every match. Madeline Perry '17 played at #3. She improved throughout the year and showed great promise in both singles and doubles competition.
The valuable experience that the team earned during 2014 and a successful off-season recruiting campaign by head coach Brian Kastner signal a bright future for a team returning every starter next year. Hollins will be looking to get back into ODAC Tournament contention when the 2015 season gets started next spring.