Ivy Leaf - Fall 2001
Women's Tennis Captures First Conference Title
In only its fourth season of competition in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, the Penn State Altoona women's tennis team reached the summit, capturing the conference championship. All five singles players and both doubles teams reached the finals. Teresa Barton, Sarah Obermeier and Jenn Worden earned all-conference honors by winning singles titles at the No. 3, 4, and 5 positions, respectively. Erica Walters and Meghan McBroom were the runners-up at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. The doubles teams of Walters/Shannon Obermeier and Barton/Sarah Obermeier also were edged in the finals.
The AMCC Championship capped a spectacular season for head coach Jerry Carnicella's squad. Penn State Altoona rolled through the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record that included eight conference wins. Carnicella, the AMCC Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000, was understandably proud of his team after it dethroned Penn State Erie, which had won four consecutive conference titles.
"There was a lot of pressure at the end," Carnicella recounted. "There were three matches going on and we had to win two of them to win the championship. It was exciting. All the players came through, as they have all year. When Sarah won her match, we clinched a tie for the title and when Teresa won, we clinched the title."
Carnicella credited team depth for enabling the squad to successfully navigate a treacherous 12-match slate and praised Maggie Kebler, Andrea Pepe and Abbie Synan for filling important roles throughout the fall. He also credited the team's fighting spirit for making the undefeated season possible.
"In many of our matches, we were losing, but came back to win; not just as a team, but in individual matches," Carnicella commented. "It's tough on the coach, but that's the way they play. They never quit. It was a pleasure to coach them."