Veteran lineup heads into 2013 season

The Fredonia State women’s tennis season begins Wednesday with a home match against Penn State Behrend.

First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. on the Steele Hall courts.

Head coach Joe Calarco, beginning his 14th season, returns all six players who competed for the Blue Devils in last year’s SUNYAC Tournament.

They are, in order from No. 1 through No. 6 players at the SUNYAC’s: senior Alison Phillips, junior Sara DiFulvio, senior Jessica Johnston, senior Miller Barmasse, senior Molly Zanetti and junior Stephanie Thompson. Phillips and Zanetti are the co-captains.

The roster also includes two other seniors, Jenelle Friedman and Carmina Georgescu and two more juniors, Jenna Fiacco and Emily Fulkerson.

There are no sophomores and four freshmen: Halee Dickinson, Phoebe Langdon, Sam Pedneault, and Jessica Young.

“We are returning a strong line-up of experienced players in the top six positions,” Calarco said. “I’m also looking for some of the younger players to develop and move up the ladder.

“I’m pretty confident about this team and am excited to see how the players perform this season.”

The Blue Devils got off to a 3-0 start and finished 7-3 in regular-season dual matches in 2012. They went 1-2 at the SUNYAC Tournament, including a 5-2 season-ending win over Oswego in the consolation bracket.

In addition to Wednesday, the Blue Devils have home matches Sept. 10 vs. Roberts Wesleyan, Sept. 11 vs. Daemen, and Oct. 1 vs. Alfred. All three of their SUNYAC West matches are on the road: this Saturday at Brockport, Sept. 18 at Geneseo, and Sept. 27 at Oswego.

The SUNYAC Tournament returns to the Binghamton Tennis Center on Oct 11, 12, and 13.