Third-place finish: Women’s tennis places at national tournament


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Haley Schmitz (from left), Karissa Etzenbach, Olivia Woods, Brianna Strehl, Amethyst Ernat and Clara Ferrari secured third place at the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Peachtree City, Ga., Oct. 28-31.

IV Leader Staff

IVCC’s women’s tennis team captured third place at the Division III NJCAA Nationals in Peachtree City, Ga., Oct. 28-31.

Overall, the team captured 17 points for a third-place finish behind Oxford-Emory with 33 and Suffolk County with 19.

Brianna Strehl and her doubles teammate Olivia Woods won first All-American at No. 2 Doubles.

In addition to her first-place finish at No. 2 doubles, Woods also won second All-American at No. 3 singles.

Coach Julie Milota described the first-place finish at No. 2 doubles for Strehl and Woods as a “marathon three-setter” on Facebook, adding “couldn’t be prouder.”

Teammate Clara Ferrari won second All-American at No. 6 singles and finished in third place at No. 3 doubles with teammate Haley Schmitz.

IVCC will lose sophomores Ferrari, Schmitz and Amethyst Ernat from this year’s team. Returners for Milota’s squad include freshmen Strehl, Woods, and Karissa Etzenbach, who played at No. 1 singles all season and won Region IV Player of the Year.