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Six of the top seven singles players and two of the three doubles teams return for the Hamilton College women's tennis program in 2013-14. Hamilton won nine dual matches last season, including eight in a row at one point for the team's longest win streak since 2004. The seniors and team captains are Meg Lee '14 and Sara Shaughnessy '14. Shaughnessy posted a team-high 12 singles wins in 2011-12. Isabella Schoning '16 enjoyed a fantastic rookie season in 2012-13 with a 17-6 record at first, second and third flight singles. Rachel Friedman '15 was next with a 12-7 record that was compiled mostly at fourth, fifth and sixth singles. Liz Detwiler '15 won six matches and Mira Khanna '15 is the top singles player for the Continentals. Khanna and Schoning went 6-5 as a doubles team last spring.

Hamilton competes in NESCAC, which is arguably the top women's tennis conference in NCAA Division III. The NESCAC has produced nine NCAA team champions, six runners-up, five singles champs and eight doubles winners. Five NESCAC programs made the 2013 NCAA championship, three teams advanced to the quarterfinals and one captured the national title. Last year's NCAA singles and doubles champions also came from NESCAC schools. The Continentals play six or seven conference matches every spring. The season concludes in early May with the 2014 NESCAC championship at Bowdoin College. Six teams qualify for the event and the winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. Hamilton played a NESCAC schedule in 2007 for the first time in program history.

The 2013 fall schedule includes the New York State Division III championship at Ithaca College and four dual matches. The team travels to Orlando, Fla., and plays a handful of matches during the College's two-week spring break in March. The Continentals won all five of their matches in Florida last spring.

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. Three different Hamilton women's players reached the singles draw finals of the regional tournament between 2000 and 2007.

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 woman 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, and 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 2013, five 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 2013. 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.