Women's Tennis 2008 Preview
Saturday, December 29, 2007

Women's Tennis at Cumberland University looks to continue its steady progression in 2008. The women's tennis team is in the capable hands of fifth-year Head Coach Bill Riddle. The addition of former CU player Luiz Miranda as the women's assistant coach will definitely enhance the leadership and outlook for the program.

The Lady Dawgs return four starters from the 2007 team that finished last season ranked No. 25 in the nation and was ranked among the Top 25 all season. The 2007 team went 18-9 with a Regional Championship appearance and reached a season-high ranking of No. 16 in the country.

Led by local standout, TranSouth Player of the Month and All-Conference Second Team singles and doubles player Emily Jacobs, this year's team looks primed to improve once again on last year's performance. Beatrize Mompo from Spain and Mt. Juliet native Danielle Madson, both All-Conference Second Team singles players, will anchor a team that adds three impact players. Freshman Amber Johnson of Franklin, Natasha Yakomovich of Belarus and Rahab Mbugu of Kenya round out the new additions to the line-up. Kristin Goodman of Murfreesboro, the team's only senior, adds strength and depth to a team that is still fairly young.

The Lady Dawgs kick off the 2008 season in January with a trip to Western Kentucky University.