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Staniford begins his second season as the Newberry men
Staniford begins his second season as the Newberry men's and women's tennis coach

Women's tennis to sizzle at Florida ITA tournament

by Ryan Gross, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College women’s tennis is getting into full swing this weekend, as four Lady Indians will travel to the ITA Regional tournament, held on the campus of Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. The tournament begins this Friday and goes until Sunday. Top qualifiers in this regional tournament will move on to the National Small College ITA Tournament, to be held in October.

Newberry will send four players to the regionals: Lauren Hartley (St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada), Isabelle Kredler (Stuttgart, Germany), Bethany Poppe (Califon, New Jersey), and Chanelle Clare (Nassau, Bahamas).

Hartley a sophomore hailing from Ontario, Canada. She is currently ranked among the top ten tennis players in Canada. Kredler is a freshman, and is from Stuttgart, Germany, where she had an impressive prep career. She is currently ranked in the top ten in tennis-rich Stuttgart. Poppe is the only American-born player Newberry is sending to the ITA. She is currently the 4th ranked player in the state of New Jersey. Clare is also a newcomer, from the Bahamas. She is the fourth best player in the small island nation, according to current rankings.

The Lady Indians will all play singles matches in tournament format. They will also compete in doubles in the tournament.

Founded in 1856, Newberry College is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a proud member institution of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference, a league comprised of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.

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