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2020 Season Preview | FULL
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio --- Carlow University women's tennis team was
picked seventh in the 2020 Preseason Coaches' Poll the league
announced last week.
The Celtics earned 13 votes in the poll. Four-time defending
champion Asbury (Ky.) University was picked as the favorite in the
poll. The Eagles have won the last four conference championships in
a row. Voting was conducted by the eight head coaches in the
Carlow is without sisters Catherine and Emily Armstrong; Melanie
Long; and Justina Jaquillard, who all graduated in 2019 and played
significant roles on the team.
"We lost a handful of our top players from last season, and
those athletes will be missed," head coach Gina
Lovaglio said. "We are looking forward to the
leadership from returning top players. Our only senior on the team
this year, Juliana Mamajek, has already stepped up
at practice and shown mentorship to the five new athletes on our
Mamajek (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stands as the
sole senior leadership on the roster, having won two doubles
matches last season with Long.
Ashleigh Bowser (SO/Kittanning, Pa.) returns
this season as well. Bowser racked up the most wins for Carlow in
2019 alongside Emily Armstrong in doubles (2) and three singles
matches on the year.
Fellow sophomore Caitlin
Hoag (Douglassville, Pa.) is back in the lineup as
Additionally, head coach Gina Lovaglio and associate head coach
Sam Lovaglio added some new faces to the team, including freshman
Eliza Martin (Marysville, Ohio). and four
"We are excited for this season and the returning tennis
players. Bowser played a key role in match play last season as a
freshman, and we look forward to see her growth as a sophomore this
year," Gina Lovaglio said. "Hoag will be vital in doubles play this
season, and we are fortunate to have her positive attitude and
leadership on our team. With five new athletes, this year will be a
building year for the Celtics."
Asbury, which is also "receiving votes" in the NAIA Women's
Tennis Top 25 Preseason Poll, earned six out of a possible seven
first-place votes in the RSC preseason poll. The Eagles garnered 47
votes overall to lead the conference. Nationally, Asbury starts the
year rated as the No. 30 team overall in the country.
Asbury has been to the last four NAIA Women's Tennis National
Championships. This past fall, the Eagles were the top team at the
RSC individual tournament winning six of the nine overall flights
for their squad.
IU East was picked second in the RSC poll after its RSC
Championship runner-up finish a year ago. The Red Wolves received
41 votes and the remaining two first-place votes. Thais Mendez
leads IU East as the champion of the top flight from the fall
The Celtics start the 2020 season on the road against Indiana
University East Saturday, March 7 at Glenn Miller Park.
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