Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oh Say Did You Hear.......

......the beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner sung by Margaret Anne Smith at our newly renovated outdoor tennis center. The event took place on Sept 20 at the beginning of the first home match of the fall season.  Margaret Anne showed us just how talented she is by capturing the attention of all present as she graced us with her beautiful voice. Not only a gifted vocalist, Margaret Anne  is also a valuable member of the Smith College Tennis Team bringing in the lone singles win of the idyllic fall day.  Pitted against the number six from Wheaton College, it took Margaret Anne a relatively short time to size up her opponent and then hone in on the winning strategy. Her strength is based on consistency but don't be fooled, she knows every strength and weakness of her opponents and she uses it to her credit.

Margaret Anne represents the many talented and gifted students who attend Smith and the Tennis Team is fortunate, indeed, to have her share both her tennis talents and her musical ability with us.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Who Is Next?

Margaret Anne Smith, playing number 6 singles for Smith, once again took to the courts with determination and a winning game bringing in the lone singles win for the Pioneers against the Babson Beavers.  The Smith team traveled to Babson on an idyllic Sunday morning.   It was the second match for Smith this season.  As you can see, the team remains undaunted by the recent team loss and with two challenging matches behind them, Smith Tennis will be home on September 20.  The team is eager to host Wheaton in their new outdoor facility so we hope the weather will accommodate.  The game is scheduled for 1pm.  Please join us if you can. Here is hoping for good weather and a great match.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Home Match Coming Soon

Our first home match will be September 20 on the newly renovated outdoor courts.  We love to brag about our top rated facility!  When the contractor was asked about the quality of the new facility, he said that the courts are better than the US Open courts in Flushing Meadow!  Wow!  Come see for yourself and watch the Smith Tennis Team in action against Wheaton College.  

Smith Tennis is  headed for Babson on Sunday, Sept 14.  The team will being playing at 11am.  Please come and cheer if you are in the Boston area.  In the first match of the season, Smith played Wellesley  at Wellesley on a very hot and sticky day.  We were fortunate to get the match in before the rain but not as fortunate with the results.  Margaret Anne Smith was our star for the day keeping the formidable Wellesley player on the singles court for over two hours, long after all other matches finished.  As both teams lined up to cheer for their player, Margaret Anne stayed strong and showed no sign of letting up physically or mentally throughout the long three set match even when faced with 90 degree weather conditions.  Two points were all that separated Margaret Anne from the win or the loss.  It was exciting and an inspirational start to the fall, 2014 season.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Here We Are! Smith Tennis Fall 2014 Is About To Begin

The beginning of the fall season is always an exciting time. The Smith College Tennis Team hits the courts on August 25 for two practices a day prior to the start of classes. Smith, anchored by 5 seniors, opens this season with an away match at Wellesley on Sept 6. The team will be away the following weekend at Babson and will host the first home match on Sept 20 vs Wheaton College at 1pm. We hope you will save the September 23 date and join us at courtside for refreshments as well as good tennis
. Below is our complete fall schedule. Join us and cheer for Smith College Tennis this fall. We would love to see you there! Here is our fall schedule:

9/6/2014 1PM WELLESLEY COLLEGE WELLESLEY, MASS.

 9/14/2014 12PM BABSON COLLEGE BABSON PARK, MASS.

 9/20/2014 1PM WHEATON COLLEGE (MASS.) NORTHAMPTON, MA.

 9/23/2014 5PM MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE NORTHAMPTON, MA.

 9/26/2014 - 9/28/2014 ITA at WILLIAMS COLLEGE WILLIAMSTOWN, MA

 9/30/2014 4PM SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

 10/4/2014 1PM EMERSON COLLEGE BOSTON, MASS.

 10/7/2014 4PM CLARK UNIVERSITY NORTHAMPTON, MASS.

 10/11/2014 1PM MIT,  NORTHAMPTON, MA

10/17/2014 - 10/19/2014 NEWITT (Five colleges)NORTHAMPTON AND AMHERST, MA.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Smith Tennis, Spring 2014

This site has been badly neglected this year since the author has been recovering from medical leave. The team, however, has continued to work together, improve dramatically, enjoy each other and boldly and proudly represent Smith Tennis and Smith College. They are heading into their final spring match on Saturday, April 19 and we invite anyone in the area who may read this blog to come and join us. The match is scheduled for 2pm at the outdoor courts of Smith (weather permitting). Smith is hosting Roger Williams. You will find this Smith team fun to watch on court, enthusiastic and dedicated. Players to watch include Kelli Cheung at number one. Watch out if you are on the other side of the net from her when she sets up for a forehand. It will be swift and decisive. Keep an eye on Margaret Anne Smith. She will get to every ball and just when you think you have the point, she will surprise you and get the ball back! Ruth Yi is our captain. Multi-talented, you may never know the shot that Ruth will fire at you. She can drive, roll angle topspin or lob when you least expect it. Seema Samawi and Kathryn Dernbach bring their experience to the table as well. Our lone senior, Jinan Martiuk has an unorthodox style that often unnerves her opponent. She is cagey and competitive and tough to beat. Keep an eye on our other first years and first year competitors as well. They are providing the depth, talent and fresh enthusiasm so needed to develop a great team. The team looks to compound their strength, experience and, hopefully, wins this coming fall as all but Jinan will be returning. In addition, we welcome Jordan Dubin back from her year abroad and she will be joined by the incoming recruits. She is our talented player/captain who will give additional strength at the top of the line-up. Smith Tennis looks to end this season strong and prepare for an even better fall! Stay tuned on this site. It is back in action!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Smith Tennis Hosted Wellesley in Season Opener, Fall2013

Smith Tennis had their opening match against Wellesley College on Saturday, September 7th. To base Smith’s success on the score would be erroneous. Although Smith Tennis was beaten by Wellesley 9-0, the numbers do not talk about the whole-hearted and resilient fight that every player of Smith Tennis had. Smith Tennis gave it all on the court and proudly, sportsmanship accompanied every point in every game. One match is behind and there are others ahead. In spite of the loss, all players agreed that the match against Wellesley was a learning experience for the next matches. They are all working hard on different strategies and are determined to be stronger. Smith Tennis is once again driven by positivity, passion, determination and persistence. There is a lot to look forward to in this season. Each player of Smith Tennis possesses astounding skills and amazing potential. Most importantly, they all share companionship and encourage one another. It is remarkable how unified the team is this year, especially three weeks since the beginning of pre-season. Our success as a team this season may not be reflected by the ending score, it is represented by our foundation of continual growth as competitors and teammates. This foundation proved to be strengthened during this match and will give us the humble morale needed to stay strong for rest of the season.
The next match of Smith Tennis will not be until September 21st hosting Babson College. On September 22nd, Smith will head off to Norton, MA to play against Wheaton College. A double header weekend! Check our blog for more updates about Smith Tennis!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Smith Tennis Is Ready For The Fall Of 2013

After a long break, Smith Tennis is back on the courts and is ready for the competition! This year, Smith Tennis is welcoming a vibrant and passionate group of six new players to join our amazing six returning players. Smith Tennis is grateful to have fresh spirit and energy! Pre-season started on August 26th, which consisted of two sessions per day. The players, thrilled for the season, show their enthusiasm and perseverance on the court. They all work really hard to improve their game every day. We have recently added a physical-conditioning component that requires a lot of lifting and jumping. It is a 7-minute workout, short but very intense and it involves squats, lunges, pull-ups, push-ups, and others. However, pre-season was a time for fun and bonding activities! Amidst the US Open, the team got together to watch some matches. There is no doubt that the US Open has served as an inspiration for the team. There is great chemistry among the members of Smith Tennis and they all share passion and determination. Smith Tennis looks forward for this coming season and the great experiences ahead!