The Lions defeated New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rival Montclair State University, 8-1, for the women’s tennis program’s 100th consecutive NJAC win.
The unbelievable streak began in 1982 when women’s tennis was first introduced to the league.
“It was very exciting to be a part of a tradition that long, especially since many of us hadn’t been born when it started,” sophomore Jackie Gavornik said.
“Our team is very young this year,” sophomore Kristen Klepacki said. “When we began the season, we weren’t sure how well we would do. All of our girls worked so hard and I’m excited about the progress with this season.”
The NJAC streak has spanned three head coaches. Current Head Coach Scott Dicheck is 18-0 in the league after the win over Montclair.
The Lions (6-0, 5-0 NJAC) gave up one match during the win – third singles Lions junior Katie D’Amato was defeated by Red Hawks sophomore Ashley Tomesko, 6-2, 6-4.
Gavornik and Klepacki won the first doubles match, 8-1. Individually, Klepacki defeated Red Hawks senior Paola Alexandres, 6-0, 6-0, during first round singles while Gavornik defeated sophomore Eva Salierno, 6-1, 7-6(7). Klepacki’s career singles record improves to 32-4 while Gavornik’s career record stands at 25-7.
Klepacki and Gavornik qualified for the 2003 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Nationals in Corpus Christie, Texas, starting on Oct. 16, after winning the 2003 ITA East Regional Doubles Title.
“So far this year, we have really come together,” Gavornik said. “We started together last year and we have been really playing well throughout this week.”
Lions 9, Ospreys 0
Richard Stockton College Ospreys, which were previously undefeated in the NJAC, were defeated by the Lions, 9-0 on Oct. 9.
The Lions swept the match, led by singles and doubles victories by Klepacki and Gavornik.
Freshman Ayumi Yamazaki remains unbeaten in her college career as she won 6-0, 6-1 at fifth doubles, improving her career record, 6-0.
Lions 9, Fords 0
The Lions defeated Haverford College Fords 9-0 on Oct. 8. Klepacki and Gavornik won first doubles 8-1.
Klepacki defeated Fords sophomore Anjani Naidu 6-2, 6-2 during first singles and Gavornik defeated Fords freshman Priya Amar 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 during second singles.
Third singles D’Amato defeated freshman Alexandra Glickman 6-2, 6-2; fourth singles freshman Turturiello defeated freshman Sarah Loeffler 6-0, 6-0 and fifth single Yamazaki defeated Jennifer Murph 6-1, 6-1.
The women’s tennis season will resume in April.
The Lions played most of their NJAC rivals in the fall season, and will play mostly non-conference games during the spring.
“The fall season isn’t as challenging as our spring season, but it is important to prepare us for the intense competition that we face in the sping,” Klepacki said.