Published: September 25, 2015
The University’s tennis team’s official season does not they have dominated the courts in the exhibition fall season.
With five wins and no losses, the women’s tennis team is showing early signs of success for the upcoming season.
The team played its fall opener at the Royal Courts in the first week of September against Marywood University and came out victorious, 9-0.
During the match, the Royals had singles and doubles wins from junior Emily Machado, sophomore Julia Frattaroli and freshmen Anika Pornpitaksuk and Emilia Jakubek. Not all of their victories have come on their home court. The team has traveled to New York City, upstate New York and areas outside Philadelphia in the past few weeks. Some matches have been closer than others, with big defeats coming from Marywood (9-0) and Lebanon Valley (9-0) and closer matches against Gwynedd Mercy (5-4). At Gwynedd Mercy, Emily Walsh and Julia Frattaroli got their team on the board with an 8-2 win at number 1 singles, and Anika Pornpitaksuk and Emilia Jakubek followed with an 8-3 victory at number 2 doubles.
“We spend a lot of time together traveling, which creates team bonding. We also did a ropes course together, which was interesting and fun,” first-year student Emilia Jakubek said. “It’s a lot different from high school tennis, there are more matches, more competitive at a faster pace. I’m loving it so far, the upperclassmen are super nice and welcoming.” Jakubek was part of a Scranton Prep high school tennis team that placed second overall at states two years in a row, and had the same doubles partner for that run. This year, she has played with a different girl every doubles match, but the rotating partner does not seem to affect the newcomer or the whole team.
Frattaroli has been named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for the week of September 21st. She won all six of her matches the past week, which helped her team’s undefeated season. Julia Frattaroli and Emily Walsh helped their team win big against Gwynedd Mercy. Frattaroli says, “I enjoy doubles more because I think it’s a lot of fun to work with somebody else on the court and use our strengths to our best ability. The team has done very well so far and it’s a great experience because the team supports and encourages one another to try their hardest.”
Emily Machado is a junior who has the role of the fourth singles player as well as a second doubles player. “Our team is undefeated this season and I couldn’t be more proud. Although many may not know too much about the Women’s Tennis Team, we are like family and always support each other on and off the court. Being a student athlete can be very complicated and hard to handle sometimes, but we always make sure to practice and motivate each other.” Machado has helped the team win at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She did not loose a single game in singles and doubles. The team ends its exhibition season Sept. 30 against Wilkes, and begins its official season April 10 at Catholic in Washington D.C.