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The 2011 All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference girls tennis Most Outstanding Player left Southern Maryland after graduating from Northern High School in 2011 for Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.
But after one year in North Carolina, and with the return of the 2013 fall and spring tennis seasons at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Shannon Ramsey is back.
Ramsey, a sophomore, returns to Southern Maryland as the Seahawks’ No. 1 girls singles player, a position she held for the fall season and currently holds through the early spring season for the Seahawks.
“We had a good fall season and it was tough because we played some good schools,” Ramsey said. “The spring, so far, has been tough, but I think we have a lot of potential and the team is really young. I think the spring is going to be really good. It’s been a rough start, but I think things are only going to get better and improve.”
After being on the St. Mary’s College waiting list for entry last year and not being accepted, Ramsey made the trip to North Carolina before reapplying upon changing majors from biology to a double-major in Spanish and anthropology, two degrees offered at St. Mary’s. Upon being accepted, she is on campus.
“I really wanted to be here,” Ramsey said.
But now that she is here, she can concentrate on her majors and on tennis, where the girls are currently 3-6 overall after a 5-4 loss to Bridgewater College (Va.) on Monday at the PTR Spring Tennis Fest in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Seahawks will have played in five matches in three days in Hilton Head before returning to open up Capital Athletic Conference play against Wesley (Del.) on March 19.
“I think every match, we want to be competitive and get the close ones,” Ramsey said of team goals. “Instead of losing matches 4-5, [we can win] them 5-4. It’s just about getting every win we can and improving as the season progresses.”
The Seahawks men’s tennis team is also at the tennis fest and an 8-1 loss to Bridgewater College on Monday dropped the team and junior Andrew Gear to 3-5 overall.
Just like the women, the men will start CAC play against Wesley on March 19. Both squads are coached by first-year head coach Drew Miller.
Gear was named to the All-CAC second team last season as a sophomore.
“I think our biggest goal is to get second [place] in the conference again,” Gear said. “Last year, that was a great accomplishment for us. We beat Salisbury in a close match and that was really nice. It’s tough losing three starters from the lineup from last year, but I think getting toward the top of the conference and maybe taking that second spot would be another great accomplishment.”
The Seahawks tennis teams are not the only Seahawks programs racking up the miles during the school’s spring break as the baseball team is currently in Florida.
A 12-3 loss to Bridgewater State College (Mass.) dropped the Seahawks, under 19th-year head coach Lew Jenkins, to 4-8 overall.
The team will open up conference play with a three-game road series this weekend at the University of Mary Washington (Va.).
Leonardtown graduate Jared Eaker leads St. Mary’s in batting average with a .515 average and total hits with 17. Teammate Corey Napier, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School graduate, is second on the team in RBIs with six, with Eaker close behind with five and Zach Nadolny leading the Seahawks with seven.
The Seahawks men’s lacrosse team returns to action at noon today against Denison (Ohio) in a contest played at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
St. Mary’s has started the season by winning two of its first five games, including a 13-12 win over No. 12 Roanoke College (Va.) to begin the season.
The Seahawks, coached by fifth-year head coach Chris Hasbrouck, loaded up its opening set of games by playing against three programs, Roanoke being the first, that were at the time ranked in the USILA D-III Preseason top 20. The others were a 19-5 loss to Dickinson College (Pa.) on Feb. 23 and a 13-12 loss to Washington College (Md.) in overtime on March 5.
Matt Tarrant leads the Seahawks with nine goals and Patrick Mull leads in points with 16, including four goals and 12 assists. St. Mary’s will start CAC action on March 20 at Marymount (Va.).
The Seahawks women’s lacrosse team, coached by third-year head coach Lisa Valentine, has started this season 2-4 overall and will attempt to end a two-game losing streak at 4 p.m. Friday in a home contest with McDaniel College. St. Mary’s will start CAC play on March 23 at York (Pa.).
Freshman Shelby Newman leads the Seahawks in goals with 13.