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Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: September 11, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's tennis team opens the season Tuesday at University of Southern Maine at 4 p.m.
The match marks the first for co-interim head coaches Jim Begin and Sakhi Khan. The two will run the men and women's programs for at least the fall season.
Begin, a Colby graduate, has been a teaching professional at Champions Fitness Center in Waterville for the past 11 years. He has also coached the Waterville High School varsity and junior varsity tennis teams and has been a volunteer assistant at Colby. Khan is the head men and women's squash coach at Colby and has been an assistant coach for the tennis program.
The women's team returns senior Allison Dunn (Tucson, Ariz.), who went to the NCAA Division III Tournament for singles play for the first time last year. Previously she earned the right to play at the national tourney in doubles action and earned All-America honors during her sophomore season. Dunn, with a 68-38 overall record in singles and doubles play, has an outside chance at 100 career victories. As a sophomore she had a 28-13 record, but went 17-8 this past season after missing the fall season while studying abroad.
Tracy Nale (Belgrade, Maine), another senior, also returns after playing second singles during the spring season and first singles in the fall while Dunn was studying abroad. Nale led the team last year in total wins with 21.
Senior Ginny Raho (Providence, R.I.) and sophomore NIcole Veilleux (Chocorua, N.H.) return as well of the top six singles players from a year ago. Nadege Roux (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Alex De Sherbinin (Manchester, Mass.) both saw time at doubles.
Sophomore Ellen London (Topsham, Maine) and first-year players Hilana Bernheimer (Newton, Mass.), Audrey Jacobson (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Caroline Reaves (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Gracie Shanks (Washington, D.C.) will try to earn spots in the top six for singles play.