Tennis set to make some noise

After a season in which they finished a great 9-5, the men’s tennis team will look to keep rolling this year and pick up some more wins in the fall part of their schedule.

The women’s team was dominant as well, going 15-3 en route to an eventual loss to Bowdoin College in the NCAA tournament.

Karisse Bendijo returns a ball. (Photo Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

For the women, returning sophomore Karisse Bendijo will look to replicate her successful freshman campaign in which she won 21 games. Other big producers are coming back as well, including junior Lauren Belsamo, a 17-game winner in 2010-11, and junior Alison Tierney, who posted 15 wins in her sophomore season.

On the men’s side, senior Jeremy Eckardt, who won 12 games last season, returns to the fold this year looking to do even better. The men’s team has four more fall meets scheduled for  this year compared to last, with six different teams looming on the schedule before the ITA regionals in October.

Also returning for the men is TJ Riley, who will try to improve upon his 2010-11 season total of 10 wins with the added meets on the schedule. The team is also bringing back nine-game-winning junior Steven Fernandez as well as eight-game-winning senior Jonathan Yu.

The men will be opening their season on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at the College against Rider University in the first leg of the New Jersey Invitational.

The women open their schedule against Kean University on Sept. 2 at 4 p.m., at the home of the Cougars in Union, N.J.