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Underclassmen lead women’s tennis in Ivy title pursuit

The team will attend various tournaments before starting its regular season this January

Contributing Writer
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hannah Camhi ‘16, a First Team All-Ivy doubles player, lost in the singles final of the Bear Flight last weekend.

The women’s tennis team opened the year with top finishes at the Brown Invitational this past weekend.

With young players such as first-year Dayna Lord ’17, whose serve dominated over the weekend, and Hannah Camhi ’16, a First Team All-Ivy doubles player and Herald contributing writer, the team is ready for the title hunt. Camhi lost in an emotional singles final of the Bear Flight, and Lord won the Red Flight in straight sets — 6-1, 6-4.

Head Coach Paul Wardlaw said he expects this year to be a successful one for women’s tennis.

“Every year we’re always in the hunt for an Ivy title and NCAA tournament bid,” he said.

Lord and Camhi also teamed up this weekend to reach the doubles final in the Brown Flight.

Other notable performances came from Sarah Kandath ’15, with a third place finish in the singles Gold Flight, and wins from first-year Mariska Chamdani ’17 and sophomore Ammu Mandalap ’16 in their respective flights.

The flights were determined based on seeding but were ultimately made at the team’s discretion.

“It was really nice to play at home for the first tournament,” Camhi said. “It was revealing of what we need to work on.”

The team faced multiple injuries last year, something members hope to avoid this season.

“Our goal is to definitely improve upon our team last year,” Camhi said.

“The team chemistry is good, and it’s a nice group of players. They’re working really hard,” Wardlaw said.

The team will head to New Haven for the Yale Invitational Oct. 4-6 and will attend various other tournaments until regular season matches begin in January.

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  1. Kathleen Bergen says:

    This article is really well written. Lainie is a real credit to her high school!

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