Dear BU Tennis Supporters,
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. We have just started our second semester at BU and are excited to get back to practice.
With the world spending more time on the internet than ever before, I've decided to move our newsletter from print to online. This will allow me and the team to send out information in a more timely manner and give all of you better access to photos and videos.
Below you will find links to news from the past semester along with exciting information surrounding this year's America East tournament. Feedback on this new venture is appreciated.
This will be another exciting season for the Terriers, as we look to earn our 20th straight America East title and 14th consecutive NCAA bid. Of course, none of this would be possible without your support, so once again thank you!
Lesley Sheehan ('84)
I. Varsity Alumni Challenge
Back on Jan. 11, the BU Department of Athletics announced the inaugural "Varsity Alumni Challenge." The team with the highest alumni participation rate at the conclusion of the challenge on April 6, 2012 will win a $10,000 prize. Every current and former student-athlete who donates to the "Friends" fund between July 1, 2011, and April 6, 2012, will be counted.
For more information on the contest, click here.
II. Meet the Newcomers
The Terriers welcomed three new members to the team back in September. The class was ranked 11th in the mid-major poll according to TennisRecruiting.com.
Marina Fileva didn't have to travel far, as she played at Marlborough H.S. in Marlborough, Mass. She's a two-time state finalist and a winner of the USTA Level III Sectionals Doubles championship.
Sami Lieb joins BU from Princeton Day School in Newtown, Pa. She earned Player of the Decade honors from the Trenton Times and also received two Player of the Year honors for Mercer County.
Sophie Wyman is a four-year letterman and two-time district singles champion from Barron Collier H.S. in Naples, Fla. She does have connections to Massachusetts, as her father played baseball at Springfield College, while her mother played tennis.
III. Team Captains: Stefanie Nunic and Monika Mical
IV. Nunic in the All-American Tournament
Named the ITA Northeast Region Player to Watch last May, senior Stefanie Nunic was invited to compete in the 2011 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. This is a very prestigious fall tournament, and only 144 of the nation's top collegiate players are invited.
She was only one of nine in the Northeast to receive an invite and was slotted in the 64-player qualifying draw, in which only eight advance to the main draw. Nunic battled hard in her first match and took the nation's No. 5 incoming freshman to three sets before losing in a three-set tiebreaker.
V. 2012 Spring Schedule
The Terriers will have another challenging schedule on their hands this season. Seven of the 20 scheduled opponents are ranked in the ITA preseason poll, and the Terriers will be hosting Big East member St. John's and Yale.
Over Spring Break, BU will travel south to Charleston, S.C. and will compete against four quality opponents in the College of Charleston, South Alabama, Rutgers and Davidson.
Click here to see the full schedule.
VI. America East Men's and Women's Tennis Tournament
For the last few years, the Terriers have been competing in New Haven, Conn., but will now have the opportunity to compete at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center, the site of the U.S. Open.
The tournament will be held on Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29.
The team is very excited to have the opportunity to defend its title at one of the premier tennis facilities in the world and encourages all fans to come out for the weekend.
For more information on the tournament, click here.
VII. Alumni Day
Thanks again to everyone who attended the Alumni Day on Nov. 12. Current and former Terriers competed at the Track and Tennis Center, and there was plenty of food and drinks. We want to continue to make this a fun annual event, so please provide feedback on how we can make it even better.
VIII. Photo Picks
Over the summer, I visited with several members of the BU family. From left to right: Lesley Sheehan, Annemarie Sheehan, Carrie Rose, Michelle Magid and Christina Causway.
Susan Taub Baldassarre and her son Jack