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Mackenzie LaSure and the Mountaineers open their 2014 campaign on Saturday at Wake Forest.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Women's Tennis Opens Season at Wake Forest
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 01/24/2014 (ET)

BOONE, N.C. – After reaching new heights last season and picking up the team's first-ever national ranking, Appalachian State University women's tennis hopes to build off the success of 2013 as it opens its 2014 campaign at Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Mountaineers return six singles players for this season, but will have to fill all three of the primary doubles slots due to the graduations of Jennifer Ansari, Gabriela Celi and Ellie Linsell.

In his 16th season at the helm of the program, head coach Colin Crothers returns a solid core of players from last year, though the squad is very young.

The lone senior on the roster is Jessica Thaggard, who finished 14-5 in singles play last year while competing primarily at the No. 5 spot. Also returning is sophomore Clare Cox who earned SoCon Freshman of the Year honors in 2013 after posting a 15-8 record while seeing the most time at No. 2.

Brianna Armellino is the next most experienced returning, having compiled a record of 8-14 in singles play a year ago while fellow returners Sarah King and Carson Shell combined for just three singles appearances and sophomore Mackenzie LaSure played exclusively at doubles.

The Mountaineers face ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn. next weekend and open home play with a match against UNC Asheville on Feb. 5 at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

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