PROVIDENCE, RI - Practices began on Monday, Sept. 10 for the Brown women's tennis team's 2012-2013 season. The action will get underway quickly with a home tournament, the Brown Invitational, from Sept. 21-23. Last year, the team posted a solid record at the competition, which will include opponents from Rutgers, Providence, Boston University, Boston College, and Binghamton.
"This tournament will be a good way to get back into the swing of things," said assistant coach Bianca Aboubakare '11. "We're focusing on making sure everyone's on the same page and comfortable with one another."
There are a number of new additions to the squad this year, including Coach Aboubakare herself. After spending a year as assistant coach at Wagner College, the Brown alumna returns to her alma mater with a fresh perspective to add to her years of experience as a team member.
The Bears also welcome four freshmen: Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, NY), Olivia Hsu (Santa Rosa, CA), Amrutha Mandalap (Princeton Junction, NJ), and Ashley Noyes (Marblehead, MA). They will join the team's large contingent of sophomores: Emily Gelber (Scarsdale, NY), Sarah Kandath (Gansevoort, NY), Nikita Uberoi (Boca Raton, FL), Nimita Uberoi (Boca Raton, FL), and Laura Wiley (Ft. Lauderdale, FL).
The young players will certainly have a chance to shine this year. The team's philosophy stresses cooperative competition and emphasizes getting each member playing time.
"All of the players step up as leaders, in whatever way they can," said Coach Aboubakare.
The upperclassmen, juniors Ariel Caldwell (Atlanta, GA) and Jessica Harrow (La Crescenta, CA), and senior Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL), will be able to share their valuable experience with the team's younger members.
The Bears are hot off last season's high ranking of #29 in March 2012. Goals for the coming year include winning an Ivy Championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season. With the home opener quickly approaching, coaches and players are expecting a strong start to a promising season.
Pictured: Ariel Caldwell '14. Photo by DSPics.net.