BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive season, the King University women's tennis team will be comprised of mainly underclassmen. Head coach Kethan Darbar returns two of his four players from a season ago, and adds a talented group of freshman for the upcoming campaign.
The Tornado only had four players in 2012-13, ending the season with an 0-18 overall record and 0-11 mark in Conference Carolinas play. However, Darbar has two of those four players returning in 2013-14, sophomores Mariana Hosomi and Naomi Reyes.
Hosomi played at No. 2 singles a season ago, and led King with a record of 9-9 while Reyes played primarily at No. 1 singles, posting a record of 4-11. In doubles play, the duo posted a 4-11 at the No. 1 flight.
"We have five new players coming in that will change a lot of the lineup," Darbar said. "Definitely Mariana [Hosomi] and Naomi [Reyes] will be challenged for the top two spots as we have a very, very talented class coming in, so I'm really excited about this season."
This duo will be joined by a group of five freshmen that will be leaned on to contribute right away. The freshman class includes Katya Cerny, Haley Maloney, Claudia Morris, Alyssa Salazar, and Ashley Salazar.
The Tornado fall schedule opens with the Conference Carolinas Fall Tournament on September 13-15 in Sumter, S.C. King will also play in the ITA Southeast Regional in Sumter two weeks later, from September 27-30. The Conference Carolinas schedule will be played in the spring and the Conference Carolinas Tournament is scheduled for April 25-27 in Sumter.