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Overview

Isabella Schoning '16 and Rachel Friedman '15 lead the Hamilton College women's tennis program into 2014-15 after one of the most successful campaigns in team history last season. The Continentals finished with an overall record of 14-6 and ended up 15th in the final 2014 Division III Northeast Regional Top 20 poll according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The 14 wins -- two of which were against Colby College and Connecticut College -- were a program record. Schoning led Hamilton with a 16-6 singles record and Friedman posted a singles mark of 13-7. Schoning and Winnie Tang '17 were 11-6 as a doubles team and Claire Keyte '17 and Mira Khanna '15 went 10-6. Friedman, Khanna, Liz Detwiler '15 and Anna Jaeger '15 are the seniors on the roster.

Hamilton competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, which is arguably the top women's tennis conference in NCAA Division III. The NESCAC has produced nine NCAA team champions, seven runners-up, five singles champs and nine doubles winners. Five NESCAC programs made the 2014 NCAA championship, three teams advanced to the quarterfinals and one played in the title match. Last year's NCAA doubles champion came from a NESCAC school. The Continentals play six or seven conference matches every spring. The season concludes in early May with the 2015 NESCAC championship at Middlebury 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.

This season's schedule includes more than 20 dual matches and the 2014 St. Lawrence Invitational in September. The team travels to Orlando, Fla., and plays a handful of matches during spring break in March. The Continentals won all five of their matches in Florida for the second straight year last spring.

Hamilton won nine dual matches in 2012-13, including eight in a row at one point for the team's longest win streak since 2004. Schoning enjoyed a fantastic rookie season with a 17-6 record at first, second and third flight singles. Friedman was next at 12-7 -- a record compiled mostly at fourth, fifth and sixth singles.

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 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 championships 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 at 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 victories from 1997 to 2001.

Exceptional academic performance is another important piece of the women's tennis program. Friedman, Khanna and Schoning made the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team and three players were recognized as scholar-athletes by the ITA. 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. 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.

The Continentals play their home matches on campus at Gray Tennis Courts, which is a nine-court facility that was resurfaced in 2014. 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.