MEQUON, Wis. -- Concordia University Wisconsin women's tennis is in a rebuilding stage trying to regain the No. 1 spot in Northern Athletics Conference, according to head coach Steven Anschutz.
"We are on the right track," claims the young CUW mentor.
This past spring the Falcons, who went without a win, struggled with injuries and only had five to six players healthy and playing each week.
Anschutz knew that his first priority needed to be getting more girls out for tennis. This fall's squad will include at least three freshmen.
"We should be able to keep players fresh and ready since a total of 10 student-athletes are signed up for try outs," explained Anschutz.
Our team expectations will be higher than they have ever been before. As usual, our collective goal will be to win the conference championship and make it to the NCAA Tournament. The big change will be in the day-to-day expectations of the team. I will have the girls hitting all school year, incorporating a weight training program and competing in a tough fall and spring season, instead of just a fall season. All these changes will require additional commitment, but the team is ready for this and our team members want these changes in order to be the best athletes and competitors in the league. We are getting after it."
Anschutz is looking towards tryouts, as all the returning players (Callie Reinke, Jaclyn Ward, Julie Sprasny, Catherine Schotte, Kristine Weber, and Emily McCormick) seem hungry for a conference championship, and the new freshmen (Ashley Knoll, Amanda Ropiak, and Taylor Reszczynski) are ready to come in and get to work.