April 11 marked the end of the 2014-2015 regular season for both the men and women of the SMCM varsity tennis teams, as both teams suffered a harsh loss at home against Salisbury University.
For the men of SMCM tennis, this loss marked their fourth straight, and with a 2-5 conference record, also marked the end of the season as a whole, as they were unable to qualify for the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. In the fall 2015 semester, the Seahawks will look to current juniors Robert Bishop, Nick Ersoy, Mark Hardesty, and Wyatt Paulishak for leadership and on-court experience. Despite a rough season, SMCM men’s tennis will no doubt seek to recruit to bolster their 8-man roster and replace graduating senior Ricky Schruefer, and will set their sights on the upcoming season.
The larger, more experienced women’s team enjoyed success throughout the 2014-2015 season, boasting a 9-5 overall record and a 4-2 conference record. The season was highlighted by 9-0 shutout wins against Hood College, Frostburg State University, Albright College, Penn State Harrisburg, Southern Virginia University, and Trinity Washington University. In the off-season, coaches Gregg Shedd and Tyler Robinson will look to address the upcoming vacancies upon the departure of seniors Lauren Rost, Shannon Ramsey, and Emily Stumpfig. Their solid conference record has earned them a no. 4 seed in the CAC championships beginning on April 19, as the women of SMCM tennis aim to carry the regular season’s momentum into the post-season.
Despite a conference match loss marking the end of the regular season, both men’s and women’s tennis teams will look to the future, hungry for success and the addition of new talent.