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@BonniesTennis Opens Fall Schedule At Navy Invite

Erik Schelkun/Elsestar Images/Atlantic 10
Erik Schelkun/Elsestar Images/Atlantic 10

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The St. Bonaventure women's tennis team is set to begin their 2014 fall schedule this Friday, September 19 at the Navy Invite. The three-day tournament begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Tose Family Center at the Brigade Sports Complex.

In addition to the Bonnies and host Navy, the eight-team field includes George Mason, Loyola (Md.), Towson, Fairleigh Dickinson, James Madison and Lehigh. Individual players and double teams will be competing for records and flight championships. No team records will be kept.

St. Bonaventure begins the year hoping to improve off last year's campaign that resulted in a 6-13 team record under longtime coach Michael Bates. The Bonnies' return four letterwinners from last year's team and welcome three newcomers.

St. Bonaventure will rely heavily on the experienced duo of seniors Fatya Amiri and Marissa Brossard. The two seniors accounted for 28 out of the 54 victories by the Bonnies. Brossard went on to tally a team-leading 15 wins, while Amiri notched 13 wins.

Also returning to the courts for SBU are sophomores Mara Martinez-Santori and Mariam Skhirtladze. After a very successful freshman year, Martinez-Santori posted a 14-5 record, all coming in the third flight match. Returning to the fourth flight match is Skhirtladze, who registered eight wins and 11 losses.

Transfer Lauren Doversola, freshmen Francesca Chin and Dominique Mortier round out the team for Coach Bates.

Following the Navy Invite, St. Bonaventure travels to West Point, N.Y. for the West Point Invite on September 26 through the 28.