The Loyola University Maryland women's tennis team accomplished its 30th-consecutive season with 10 or more victories, going 10-8 in 2014-2015. Loyola posted Patriot League victories over Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette and Holy Cross during the regular season to finish fifth in the conference with a 4-4 record. Loyola then qualified for the Patriot League Championships where it fell in the quarterfinal round to Lehigh.
Senior captain Olivia Ott completed her outstanding four-year career at Loyola as the most decorated doubles player in the history of the program. She broke Carolyn Pilkington's doubles victories record of 70 (set from 2000-2004) and finished her career with 74, and Ott's 63 singles victories place her 11th on the all-time list. During her four years on the Evergreen campus, she went 50-30, and she was named the team's Most Dedicated Player as a senior in addition to winning the athletic department's Women's Leadership Award.
Ott teamed with junior Emily Hughes in doubles for the fall semester to win two matches in the "A" Flight of the St. Joseph's Invitational to reach the tournament's quarterfinals, and they also advanced to the "A" flight title match of the Mount St. Mary's Invitational before being edged, 9-7, by a Howard University tandem.
The trio of Megan Hahn, Haleigh Morgus and Hughes had successful junior seasons. Hahn, who studied abroad in Denmark during the fall semester, completed her third season as the team's number one singles player with a three-year total of 54 victories. She went 4-3 against Patriot League opponents, and Hahn and Ott finished their three years together as a doubles team with 42 wins.
Morgus, who completed a study abroad term in Beijing during the fall, earned Academic All-Patriot League honors for the second year in a row for her near-perfect 3.986 grade-point average. She has accumulated 47 singles wins in three years and went 4-3 against conference foes this spring. She also has 43 career doubles wins, 35 with her classmate Hughes.
Hughes was a winner in 14 singles matches, going 5-2 in Patriot League play to bring her three-year total to 44 victories. She added 12 doubles victories for a three-year career total of 45 as she has achieved double figure wins in both singles and doubles all three seasons. Hughes also won two singles matches at the St. Joseph's Invitational to reach the "B" Flight semifinals before winning the "A" flight consolation tournament at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational.
Ania Krawiec had an outstanding sophomore campaign that culminated as she was voted the team's Most Valuable Player. She posted a team-high 17 singles wins, going 4-3 in Patriot League play. Krawiec also went 15-5 at number one doubles with freshman Amanda Lanciano, winning five of nine contests in conference action. The duo won the "B" Flight Doubles tournament at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational, and Krawiec teamed with freshman Julie Clark to reach the "B" Flight Consolation Doubles Final at the St. Joseph's Invitational with victories over La Salle, Sacred Heart and Drexel. She has 31 singles and 32 doubles victories in just two years with the program, and she will study abroad in Greece during the fall of 2015.
The women's team showed plenty of potential for the upcoming seasons with quality performances, as well, from the freshman class.
Lanciano had an impressive first year as she had the second-most singles wins on the team with 16 at number two. She went 5-3 in Patriot League action and had the second-most doubles wins on the squad with 17 at number one. She also went 6-5 in doubles play against Patriot League foes. Lanciano advanced to the Navy Invitational "C" Flight Singles semifinals with a pair of wins, and she reached the "C" flight consolation singles finals at the St. Joseph's Invitational.
Julie Clark had a successful first campaign with nine singles wins, going 3-4 in the League, and eight doubles wins. Five of the doubles wins came with classmate Nicole Eberle. In her first collegiate tournament in the fall, Clark reached the "A" Flight Singles Consolation Final at the Bucknell Invitational with quality wins over players from Bucknell and Colgate. She also advanced to the "B" Flight Singles quarterfinals at the Navy Invitational, and Clark and Eberle won the Mount St. Mary's "B" Flight Consolation Doubles final with an 8-7 win over a team from Howard.
Eberle made a positive contribution for the Greyhounds in her first year of collegiate competition with 12 singles and seven doubles wins. She reached the finals in her first tournament, advancing to the "C" Flight Singles title match at the Bucknell Invitational with a trio of victories. Later in the fall, she won the Mount St. Mary's "D" Flight singles bracket, taking a tough three-set win over a Bucknell opponent in the final match.
For the third-straight year, Loyola women's tennis was presented with a plaque for having the highest GPA (3.563) amongst the athletic department's 18 teams. The women's team was also recognized by the NCAA for being in the top 10 percent of all Division I tennis teams of the Academic Progress Rate (APR).
The future looks bright for the program with high hopes of continued success in the classroom and on the courts for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Greyhounds opened up a state-of-the-art eight-court lighted facility, the McClure Tennis Center, during the spring with the official dedication taking place April 11 before scores of former Loyola tennis players.
Head Coach Rick McClure will start his 37th year with the Loyola men's program and 28th campaign with the women's team in 2015-2016. He has coached 1,155 total matches and posted 387 wins with the women, 326 on the men's side. He reached the 700-win plateau in the spring and will enter the 2015-2016 season with 713 total in his career.