The 2012 fall schedule includes the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional championship at William Smith College and the New York State championship at Ithaca College. The team travels to Orlando, Florida, and plays a handful of matches during Hamilton's two-week spring break in March. The Continentals won four of five matches in Florida last year.
Deborah Barany '11 graduated after racking up 48 singles victories from 2007 to 2011. Barany ranks second on Hamilton's career list with that total. She was also an outstanding student, as she made three all-academic teams and was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2011. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest honor society. Barany reached the finals of the championship singles draw at the 2007 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship in her first year. She was the third different Hamilton women's player to reach the singles draw finals of the regional tournament since 2000.
Sarah Coleman was the first Hamilton women's tennis player on the NESCAC all-conference team. Coleman made the first team for her singles play in 2006. She made an impact right away in her first year as she was voted player and rookie of the year by the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA). Coleman won the 2004 Northeast Region singles title, and later became the first Hamilton player to capture the first flight singles crown at the state championship since the event was first held in the early 1970s.
The Continentals finished second out of 16 teams at the 2005 NYSWCAA Championship -- the program's best showing ever in the event. Hamilton won its first nine dual matches during the 2004 fall season. The 2002 fall season was a special one for the program as the Continentals compiled a 10-1 dual meet record. Lindsey Schantz '03 won the Northeast Region singles title. Schantz is the program's all-time leader in singles victories with 56. Eileen Wildman '01 was part of a program-record 52 doubles wins and added 41 singles wins from 1997 to 2001.
Exceptional academic performance is another important piece of the women's tennis program. Barany was selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large team in the College Division by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She earned a spot on the 2011 NESCAC Spring All-Academic team, and was named a 2010-11 ITA Division III scholar-athlete. Arenson and Amelia Mattern '12 were ITA Division III scholar-athletes as well, and Hamilton collected a 2010-11 ITA National Division III All-Academic Team award for a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or better. In 2012, four student-athletes made the NESCAC spring all-academic team.
The Continentals play their home matches on campus at Gray Tennis Courts. The nine-court facility was resurfaced in 2006. In the event of poor weather conditions, the team moves inside to adjacent Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The field house was renovated and resurfaced in 2010, and accommodates four tennis courts.