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Fresh Start In Store For Women's Tennis

Seniors Sirrah Williams and Angela Fry will give new head coach D.J. Gurule some stability during his first year.
 
Seniors Sirrah Williams and Angela Fry will give new head coach D.J. Gurule some stability during his first year.
 
 

Feb. 7, 2005

A fresh start with some fresh faces. That could easily be the slogan for the 2005 Gonzaga Women's Tennis Team, as the Bulldogs will be under the direction of new head coach D.J. Gurule and field a roster with four freshmen.

Gurule was hired as the Bulldogs new head coach in August and hit the ground running with his roster already filled for the 2005 season. The Bulldog Tennis Team graduated four seniors last season including All-West Coast Conference honorable mention, Jamie Buterbaugh.

The incoming class, though very young, is very talented led by highly recruited freshmen Amanda Becker and Sydney Lederhouse. Becker trained in Florida over the past season climbing to No. 122 in the United States Tennis Association rankings. That national ranking made her eligible to participate in several national level tournament events. Lederhouse was ranked No. 5 in her home province of Alberta while ranking 48th in the U-18 division of Canadian tennis.

While Becker and Lederhouse will provide some youthful talent to the team, Gurule will still rely on senior leaders Angela Fry and Sirrah Williams.

"Both Angela and Sirrah are crucial in the leadership of this team" mentioned Gurule on the leadership of his senior class. "I am looking forward to seeing Angela and Sirrah step-up to the challenges that lie ahead this year."

Fry and Williams were both solid players on last year's team that finished with an 11-14 record. Fry posted an 11-8 record in singles at the No. 2 position, while Williams was 10-8 at the No. 4 slot.

In addition to Fry and Williams, Gurule will also have the service of veteran Kendall Bates who is returning from a redshirt sophomore season. Bates was injured last season and is ready to get back in the mix after playing 19 matches at the No. 2 seed her freshman season.

"Having Kendall back in the line-up will give us some much needed depth and experience," added Gurule on his lone junior. "Kendall is critical to our success this season, her work ethic and court presence will provide an excellent example for our younger players."

In addition the Bulldogs will also have two sophomores and two more freshmen to build the future of the program on. Kimberly Aigner and Allie Hause comprise the sophomore class while Erin Humphrey and Carrie Schofield round out the incoming freshman.

Aigner and Hause competed in only one match last season so they will be eager to compete for playing time. Humphrey and Schofield give Gonzaga some added depth as the Bulldogs will field a team of nine players. With nine players on the roster, Gurule will have a good choice of players to choose from for his travel rosters.

"I am very impressed with the talent of underclassmen" stated Gurule. "We have an excellent mix of youth and experience. We will be very competitive from top to bottom, this will help us tackle the long spring season." The Bulldogs have a very demanding schedule which includes some top ranked teams.

"This years demanding schedule will help us build our program. I am confident that this year's team is up to the challenge. I am very excited about the future of women's tennis at Gonzaga University."