Thursday, June 17, 2010

UWG to Relaunch Women's Tennis Program

Following a nearly 10-year absence, women’s tennis will return as an intercollegiate sport at the University of West Georgia.

Athletics director Daryl Dickey announced plans for UWG’s newest team to begin play during the 2010-2011 season.

“We are very pleased to bring a women’s tennis program back to West Georgia,” said Dickey. “Everyone is excited about the opportunity this brings, and we are all looking forward to fully supporting the program.”

Dr. Michael Ruffner, vice president for university advancement, is enthusiastic about the launch of the new program.

“The new tennis program ... gives us the chance to partner with the community to help make the region a tennis destination,” he said.

West Georgia began competition in women’s tennis during the 1970s. The program moved into the Gulf South Conference during the 1983-84 athletic year, where it remained until being disbanded following an appearance in the 2001 NCAA Regionals.

West Georgia’s most successful season was in 1991. The team captured the GSC title, coach Don Medeiros was named league coach of the year, and three players were named to the All-GSC Team: Stephanie Hicks, Philissa Oliver, and Monica Kamen.

According to Dickey, the search is now beginning to fill the head coaching position for the fledgling program.

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