Washington, DC – The Firebirds Women's Tennis team released its 2011 – 2012 season schedule. The Firebirds will participate in 12 fall dates and 7 spring contests. 6 of the 12 fall dates take place at home at the UDC Tennis Facility. The season begins on Friday, September 9th at home against East Coast Conference foe NYIT.
Other events of note include the USTA/ITA East Regional Championships on September 17 – 19 in Philadelphia, PA and the ECC Women's Tennis Championships on October 4 and 6.
UDC Head Men's Tennis Coach T. Richard Mahaffey, III, is looking to five key returners for stability and leadership in the 2011-2012 campaign. Sophomore, Jessica Nunez (Electrical Engineering - Guayaquil, Ecuador) and junior Tadai Abilla (Television Production - Galloway, NJ) are coming off strong years in which they both received team awards for the Firebirds. Nunez was awarded the 2010 – 2011 team MVP Award, while Abilla received the Coaches Award. Abilla is a two sport athlete at UDC, also competing on the Firebirds' Women's Basketball team. In addition to Nunez and Abilla, The Firebirds will also look to senior, Maria Vitkina (Sociology - Ekaterinburg, Russia), junior Kristyna Nepivodova (Economics - Breznice, Czech Republic), and returning freshman Sofia Leon (Psychology - Quito, Ecuador) to add to the depth of the 2011 – 2012 team. Coach Mahaffey is also excited about top newcomer freshman, Maxime Duijst (Biology - Valkenswaard, Netherlands).
Coach Mahaffey hopes that the 2011 – 2012 team will build off a strong finish in the 2010 – 2011 spring season, "We finished up really well last season, and we are hoping to build off that and gain some momentum for this season. I am confident we have the pieces in place to make a run in the ECC Championships."