PHILADELPHIA – Temple seniors Christine Clermont
and Elyse Steiner
have been named captains for the 2011 women's tennis season, head coach Steve Mauro
has announced. Clermont and Steiner both missed last season due to knee injuries but have returned this year to lead the squad.
“Both Christine's and Elyse's experience should be a great asset for the women's team this season,” said Mauro. “Christine's doubles play should really give us an advantage and Elyse should be a big contributor in both doubles and singles.”
Clermont has enjoyed a solid career for the Owls. In her rookie campaign, she posted a phenomenal 24-3 singles mark, going 14-1 in dual action with an undefeated 9-0 record at number five. As a sophomore, she earned Atlantic 10 second-team all-conference honors with an overall singles record of 8-5 and an impressive 12-2 doubles mark. In her junior season, Clermont totaled a 23-5 singles record for the second-best win total on the team and her second 20-win season. Her 17-4 duals mark, including a 10-3 record at fifth singles, was tops on the team. She also put together a 19-11 doubles record in 2009 which featured a 10 match win streak at the end of the season.
Steiner was also one of Temple's top players before suffering her knee injury. A transfer from the University of Maryland, she burst onto the scene in her first season with the Cherry and White, earning First-Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2008. Steiner kept the momentum going into her junior season, going 11-8 as Temple's number one singles player and pairing up to earn 15 wins in doubles action. Her play earned her another spot on the All-Atlantic 10 first team.
Temple opens the 2011 spring campaign this Saturday, January 22, with a 12 p.m. match at Dartmouth. The Cherry and White will stay up north to face Southern New Hampshire on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Dartmouth. The Owls are coming off an 11-11 season and a third place finish at the Atlantic 10 championship a year ago.