Aug. 25 - GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Bethany College women's tennis team was selected ninth in the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference preseason poll, announced the PAC on Monday. In conjunction with the poll, the conference also announced that nine former Bison women's tennis players were named to the PAC's 60th Anniversary Team.
In the preseason poll, the Green & White collected 11 points, seven points shy of eighth-place Thiel who finished with 18. Westminster and Grove City tied for the top spot in the poll, as they each earned 75 points. Westminster edged Grove City in first-place votes, however, as the Titans collected five to the Wolverines four.
Along with the poll, the conference also announced the release of the PAC Women's Tennis 60th Anniversary Team. A total of nine Bison were named to the team, making up 15 percent of the list. The athletes who were named to the team included: Lindsay Caparese (2006), Lindsay Carol (1998), Coleen Conley (2002), Sonya Gomes (2003), Alicia Kelly (2000), Sami Kennedy (2003), Kelly Matthews (1999), Katie Navarra (2005) and Carol (Hunter) Weymuller (1970).
A native of Follansbee and a two-time all-conference selection, Caparese appeared in the PAC Championship Tournament semifinals on six different occasions. In 2004, Caparese captured a PAC title at number three singles. Following that, she earned a second-place finish at second singles in 2005.
Carol helped Bethany to three-straight second-place PAC finishes during her tenure with the Bison (1995-97). As a member of the 1997 squad, Carol helped Bethany secure a 13-3 record, which is the top single-season record by a Bethany team in history. Carol was a five-time all-PAC performer, earning second team honors twice in both 1995 (No. 5 singles/No. 3 doubles) and 1996 (No. 4 singles/No. 2 doubles). She also earned second team laurels at number two doubles in 1997.
A five-time All-PAC award winner, Conley burst onto the PAC stage for the Bison, earning a PAC Championship at third doubles as a freshman in 1998. Conley then went on to total four more all-conference honors, including two second team laurels in 1999 (sixth singles and second doubles) as well as in 2000 (fourth singles and second doubles).
A six-time All-PAC honoree, Gomes competed at number one singles and number one doubles for three seasons between 1999 and 2001. During that time she posted second-place PAC finishes in each for three-straight years.
Kelly, a four-time all-PAC honoree, was also a member of the program's best season in 1997. She captured a second-place finish at number six singles in 1997 before earning a PAC title at number three doubles with partner Conley in 1998. She then went on to earn two more second team All-PAC selections in 1999 (second at fifth singles and second doubles).
Kennedy was a four-time All-PAC player with the Bison. She finished as the runner-up at second singles at the 1999 PAC Championships and at fourth singles in 2001. Paired with Gomes, Kennedy also registered second-place finishes at first doubles in 2000 and 2001. She finished fourth at second singles in 2000 and at third singles in 2002.
One of the most decorated Bison in school history, Matthews was an eight-time All-PAC selection. Playing at number one singles and number one doubles in each of her four years, Matthews earned second team All-PAC honors in both flights during all four seasons. During her tenure the Bison earned second-place PAC finishes three times and was also a driving force behind the 13-3 mark in '97.
A three-time All-PAC award winner, Norman posted her best season as a freshman in 2002. During that year, she captured second-place finishes at both number two singles and number two doubles. She would also earn second team All-PAC honors at number one doubles in 2004.
A 1983 inductee into the Bethany Hall of Fame, Carol (Hunter) Weymuller was a four-year letter winner with the Bison men's tennis program. The PAC did not officially sponsor women’s tennis as a championship sport until 1985. She helped lead Bethany to two of their three conference championships in 1967 and 1968. Paired with her brother Kirk, the duo captured PAC titles at number one doubles in both 1967 and 1968. Weymuller also took home a PAC title in 1967 at number two singles.
The 2014 version of the Bison women's tennis program will kick off their season on Thursday, August 28 with a non-conference contest at Geneva. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start time and will be the first game played by a PAC program this season.