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WILLIAM & MARY WOMEN'S TENNIS 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

William & Mary’s women’s tennis has a storied championship tradition. Dominant in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Tribe has captured 26 championships in the 34-year history of the league. The Green and Gold has also made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, which ranks 22nd in the country and second among non-Power Five programs and collected 21 wins at the national event.

While the tradition remains, the program is under new yet familiar leadership in 2019. Toni Bickford, who was an assistant at W&M from 2008-11, returns to Williamsburg to take the reins of a Tribe program poised to add another chapter to its remarkable history. She added an experienced assistant in Kieran Burke, who has seven years of experience including stops in three of the five major conferences, to help mentor a roster that includes seven returning players from last season's CAA crown.

Bickford inherits a program that has won four-straight conference titles, meaning every returning players has been part of championship team during each season on campus. The Tribe’s group of returners includes six upperclassmen (three seniors and three juniors) and five players who were part of the Green and Gold lineup in both the CAA and NCAA Tournaments.

Headlining the group of returners are a pair of returning All-CAA First Team picks in Rosie Cheng and Natalia Perry. Those two comprised the Tribe’s top two spots in the singles lineup a season ago followed by senior Clara Tanielian, who was a second team all-league pick in 2018. Fellow senior Lauren Goodman has been a fixture in the Tribe lineup throughout her career and is a three-time All-CAA pick between singles and doubles.

In 2018, W&M finished the year at 17-10 overall and capped the season ranked second in the Atlantic Region and No. 45 nationally. The regional ranking was the program's highest since holding down the No. 1 spot in the East region in 2008, while the Green and Gold was ranked in the top 50 to end the year for the third time in the last four seasons.

The Tribe will once again test itself against difficult schedule loaded with nationally-ranked competition and 2018 NCAA Tournament teams. W&M’s 20-match ledger features 13 contests against teams that finished 2018 in the ITA National Rankings and potentially eight dates with NCAA Tournament teams. The Green and Gold hosts 10 tilts in Williamsburg during the 2019 dual-match campaign, and four of those contests come against nationally-ranked foes. The home schedule features a pair of Power Five programs in Purdue and Virginia Tech. The Tribe also competes in the ITA Kick-Off Week for the ninth time in the 11-year history of the event, traveling to Georgia for the second time.

Toni Bickford

Head Coach

• Became the 10th head coach in Tribe history on Sept. 24, 2018

• Returns to W&M after serving as the assistant coach at the university from 2008-11

• Her career as an assistant/associate head coach included stops at Iowa and Old Dominion

• Twice named the ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2011 and 2018)

• Helped teams to a combined 216-146 record with 46 nationally-ranked wins in 16 years as an assistant/associate head coach

• Her programs have finished in the ITA national ranking during 12 of her 16 years as an assistant/associate head coach

• Advanced to the NCAA Tournament on four occasions

• Bickford-coached players have earned 51 total all-conference honors, including 24 first-team accolades

• Last season, guided ODU to its highest national ranking since 2001

Kieran Burke

Assistant Coach

• Joined the Tribe in October

• Owns seven years of collegiate experience as an assistant, including stops at Boston College, Vanderbilt, Colorado and Cornell

• Helped programs to an 78-64 overall record in his career

• His teams finished in the national rankings four times, including three top-50 campaigns

• Spent time in three of the five major conferences

Rosie Cheng

Junior

• Owns a 41-30 career singles record

• Posted a win over the No. 23-ranked player in the country in advancing to the round of 16 at the Oracle ITA Masters during the fall

• Named the CAA Player of the Year and the ITA Atlantic Region Player to Watch in 2018

• Ranked nationally in singles each of the last two seasons, including No. 97 during the fall

• Won 18 singles matches in 2018, including four against nationally-ranked foes, playing primarily at the No. 1 spot

Deepa Dhore

Senior

• Owns 10 singles wins and seven doubles victories in her career

• Posted 2-1 marks in both singles and doubles during the fall

Lauren Goodman

Senior

• Leads the Tribe with a 57-43 singles record and a 54-34 doubles mark in her career

• Tallied a 4-4 singles mark during the fall

• A three-time All-CAA selection between singles and doubles, including first team honors in doubles in 2017

• Led the Tribe with 19 doubles wins each of the last two seasons

• Named the 2016 CAA Rookie of the Year

Charlotte Madson

Junior

• Owns eight career singles wins, including two during the fall

• Notched 15 career doubles victories, including eight last season

• Voted the Tribe’s Mark H. McCormack MVP by her teammates in 2018

• Worked her way into the Tribe’s doubles lineup for both the CAA Championship and the NCAA Tournament in 2018

Vitoria Okuyama

Sophomore

• Finished her freshman season at 9-6 in singles action

• Posted a 14-8 mark in doubles competition last season

• Twice earned CAA Doubles Team of the Week honors in 2018

• Spent time at the No. 1 doubles spot during the 2018 dual-match season

Achieved a career-high ITF Junior World Ranking of 118 in January 2017

Natalia Perry

Junior

• Tallied a 50-37 career singles record

• Led the Tribe with six singles wins during the fall

• Won five matches to finish as the ITA Atlantic Region Singles Runner up, including an upset win over the No. 32-ranked player in the country from Virginia Tech

• Earned All-CAA First Team honors in 2018

• Posted 26 singles wins and seven match-clinching victories, including the capper in the CAA Championship match vs. James Madison

Mila Saric

Freshman

• Won four singles matches during the fall

• Earned a career-high combined ITF Combined World Ranking of 429 in 2018

• The 2017 women’s champion of the Canary Islands

• Ranked No. 1 in the Canary Islands and top 20 U18 in Spain

• Won a trio of ITF Junior doubles championships in 2017

Clara Tanielian

Senior

• Owns a 30-15 singles mark in her two seasons with the Tribe

• Tallied 18 career doubles wins with the Green and Gold

• Notched a 4-2 singles record during the fall, including advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Atlantic Region Singles Championship

• Named to the All-CAA Second Team in singles last season, posting 26 singles wins

• Spent her first two seasons at Miami (Fla.) and won 37 singles matches and 25 doubles contests

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