The Thomas women's tennis team put together their first winning season in the last four years under first-year head coach Jill Cristan. The Terriers made the North Eastern Atlantic Conference East Division postseason for the third consecutive year, and were the host of this year's tournament.
SEASON RESULTS: 6-5 overall record, 3-3 conference record, reached the NEAC East Division Semifinals
Cristan guided Thomas to their first winning record in the last years, as the team went 6-5 on the season that included wins over Southern Maine (twice), Becker, Green Mountain, Lyndon State and Johnson State. The Terriers accumulated a 3-3 mark in conference, which was good enough for a fourth-place finish and a spot in the postseason for the third straight year. Playing as the host of the 2014 NEAC East Division tournament, the fourth-seeded Terriers took on top-seeded and defending champion Colby-Sawyer Chargers, but were eliminated in a tough 9-0 match.
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All-Conference First Team
Jessica Bowen, Senior (Singles and Doubles) – 7-3 singles record, 8-3 doubles record all from the No. 1 slot
Lindsey Allen, Sophomore (Doubles) – 8-3 doubles record all from the No. 1 slot
BEST PERFORMER: Jessica Bowen, Senior
Bowen tied for the team lead with seven singles victories all playing from the No. 1 position, and paired with fellow All-Conference First Teamer Lindsey Allen collected a team-high eight doubles victories. The senior from Lewiston, Maine was named to her third consecutive All-Conference First Team in singles and doubles.
BEST NEWCOMER: Olivia Mora, Freshman
Mora played her first season from the No. 4 singles position and compiled a winning record, going 6-5 on the year. The freshman from Surry, Maine also played on the No. 2 doubles team and posted a 6-3 mark, while going 0-1 in her one match in No. 3 doubles.
BEST MATCH: 5-4 victories over the University of Southern Maine on September 4, 2014 and September 18, 2014
After being swept by the Huskies in non-conference play the last three years, Thomas took a major step forward this season by sweeping Southern Maine 5-4 in both matches of their road and home series. In the first match of the year on the road September 4, the Terriers rebounded after falling behind 2-1 in doubles play to take four of the six singles matches and claim the 5-4 victory. At home against the Huskies on September 18, Thomas got off to the 2-1 lead in doubles, and earned a 3-3 split in singles to once again defeat USM 5-4.
OUTLOOK: With three seniors departing this year in Bowen, Emily Howard and Dalia Williams, Thomas will need to replace their No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 singles players, and part of their No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams. Bowen departs with 24 career singles wins and 26 doubles wins. The Terriers will look to remain among the postseason contenders heading into the fall of 2015.