Women's tennis looks to continue dominance

Coach Jim Chen and the Geneseo women’s tennis team are looking to build on what they’ve accomplished the past few years. The Knights have three straight SUNYAC titles and show no signs of slowing down.Chen’s philosophy of dedication, a willingness to succeed and having fun has brought not only championships, but a union between players that have determined to intensify themselves in practice in order to improve consistency and movement. With the addition of new drills at practice and a more aggressive mentality toward the net for doubles, Chen says his team has a lot of potential for success. “[We have] a wide open opportunity,” Chen said. “[We could] have a big year.” Team captains junior Amanda Rosati and sophomore Marylen Santi are looking to take their team to the next level. For this team, that means advancing past the first round of the NCAA tournament. Geneseo will definitely need its strong volley hitters sophomore Maggie Hale and junior Mai Hashimoto to play to their potential. Hard-hitting senior twins Dexuan and Minxuan Yuan are looking to succeed in their final campaign in Knights uniforms. Freshmen Anika Pornpitaksuk, Lauren Salzano and Rachel Ollis hope to take their game to the collegiate level in their first season. “We are in midseason form for our singles already and this team is deeper than last year’s team,” Chen said. That confidence is well-placed. The Knights topped SUNY Oswego on Aug. 29 9-0. The potential of this team goes up with every serve. If the team improves in doubles, stays focused and keeps winning consistently, they will have no problem storming through the conference once again and could easily make a run in the NCAA tournament. The Knights' next home game is Oct. 4 vs. SUNY Brockport.