Tigers of the World

By Cyan Thomas, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of towsontigers.com

Towson’s season is already in full swing, coming out of its first six matches with a 1-5 record.

Towson alumni Jamie Peterson, who is entering his second year as head coach, has several goals for the Tigers this spring.

“For one, I want us to have a definable, improved record from last season,” Peterson said. “I want to finish top four in the conference and I would like us to win at least two-thirds of our doubles points.”

Assistant Coach Debbie Holtschneider, who played at Lander University, and volunteer assistant Greg Selby are also at the right hand of Peterson.

Last year, the team finished with an even 12-12 record and did not finish top four in the conference.

This year, there is almost an entirely new team of 11 comprised of three seniors, one sophomore, one junior and six freshmen.

Of the 11 on the team, five are international players who made the trip to America for the opportunity to play college tennis.

Freshman Jessica Assenmacher is an international student from South Africa who was ranked No. 1 in her country in juniors doubles.

Fellow freshman Phoebe Collins, an international student from England, was ranked top 30 juniors in England.

Freshman Themis Haliou, from Cyprus, was a member of the National Federation Cup team in her home country.

Peterson fawned over his new players and was excited upon discovering them and hearing of their achievements.

“Amelia Lawson, a freshman from New Zealand, was a top five junior player in her country and was voted Emerging Sportswoman of the Year,” Peterson said.

Throughout the season, the Tigers will face some tough opponents, a few of which stand out to Peterson.

“We’re looking to be very mentally up against Drexel, Delaware and UNCW,” Peterson said. “They’re tough opponents.”

The team will conclude the season at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships in Elon, N.C. beginning April 18.

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