Women's tennis starts spring season ranked nationally

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With nine of the 12 players on the roster at sophomore standing or younger, the 39th-ranked Colby College women's tennis team is young and talented.

The lone seniors -- twins Lydia Venditti and Gabriela Venditti -- have been leaders and impact players their entire careers at Colby. Lydia Venditti has played the top singles position the past three years, while Gabriela Venditti has played mostly at two and has seen action at the one and three spots.
 
"We have a super deep team, which is really exciting," Colby head coach Adam Reeb said. "We've got a great mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen who have been working hard on developing into the most strong, cohesive unit possible."
 
First-year Carly Levitz (pictured) had a nice fall season and is ranked 29th in the country and ninth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Region. She teamed with classmate Olivia Scordo to win the 'B' doubles draw at the Wallach Invitational in the fall season.
 
Sophomore Callie Nesbitt played second and third singles last year as a first-year and competed at second doubles. Jessica Tsai, the lone junior on the team, teamed with Lydia Venditti at first doubles and played at fourth singles.
 
Sophomores Isha Banerjee and Kahler Mabbs both return. The Mules look to have impact first-years in Levitz, Scordo, Katherine Dougherty, Lindsey  Hernandez, Gabriella Gabel, and Emilia Callery.
 
The Mules ended the fall season by winning three flights at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT). Lydia Venditti and Nesbitt won the 'B' doubles flight, Gabriela Venditti and Tsai won the 'C' flight, and Dougherty and Hernandez teamed up to win the 'D' flight.
 
"This group has been working really hard and our goal is to get better every day, be the most united team, and continue our climb up the national rankings," Reeb said.