Allegheny women’s tennis team seeks new athletes

Olivia Blakeslee, Senior Sports Editor

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The Allegheny Women’s Tennis team is seeking new athletes to become a part of the 2018-2019 roster. Students interested in joining the team are asked to attend an informational meeting before the official start of the season.

“There is not an official, set thing to try out,” said Jared Luteran, head coach of the Allegheny Tennis team. “We don’t have a specific number. We’d just like to have some extra players.”

While most players do come to Allegheny Tennis through more traditional recruitment and scouting, Luteran said, opening the entrance process to walk-on athletes creates an opportunity to strengthen the team. The call for tennis athletes has been successfully posted in previous years.

“Sometimes you get players that you didn’t know about that come out and can be a nice addition to your team,” Luteran said. “We like to do this so that you can see if sometimes there’s people that we didn’t know about. You get pleasantly surprised sometimes if someone shows up, and they’re a walk-on.”

Athletes interested in joining the team can expect to practice two hours a day on average. The 19-week competitive season is divided into a partial season in the fall and a longer partial season in the spring.

Taylor Coffman, assistant coach, said that potential athletes can also expect to enjoy their time practicing and competing and that she and Luteran are seeking athletes ready to embrace the sport.

“I think just people who want to come out and have fun,” Coffman said. “Tennis is a really fun sport and it’s a great way to meet new people, so someone that just comes out with an open mind and willingness to learn.”

Interested students can attend the informational meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at the picnic shelter next to the tennis courts at the Robertson Athletic Complex. Transportation will be available from the parking lot of the Steffee Hall of Life Sciences at 4:45 p.m.

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