Purchase, NY (Oct. 27 2010) – For the second straight season, Purchase’s fall campaign finished one match shy of the championship.
The Panthers fell to rival Bard College in the Skyline Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Although they haven’t been able to win it all just yet, Purchase remains one of the best teams in the conference – and its prospects for a title seem to get better each year with the team’s budding recruits.
Purchase clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament and enjoyed a spectacular season on the hard courts that included an 8-4 overall record and a 5-2 mark in league play.
The Panthers were anchored by their dynamic No. 1 doubles duo of Moriah Ormsby and Colline Laninga. Laninga capped a tremendous collegiate career with a senior season to remember. She was named to the league Honor Roll twice during the season. The senior went 8-1 overall in singles, including a 6-1 record in conference. She also teamed with star rookie Ormsby for a 7-5 overall record at No. 1 doubles.
Ormsby presents the future of the program. No rookie made a bigger impact on her team and in the conference than she did. The standout freshman went 8-2 overall in singles, predominantly playing No. 2. She also yielded a pristine 6-1 mark in conference play, taking home four league Honor Roll mentions, one Skyline Rookie of the Week and one Skyline Player of the Week.
Laninga and Ormsby were later named to the All-Skyline 1st Team.
Other notables included standout junior Alyson Lopez, who has greatly improved the past few seasons, becoming one of the most reliable and dependable players on the Panthers – and in the league.
[Pictured above: COLLINE LANINGA WAS NAMED TO THE ALL-SKYLINE 2ND TEAM IN 2009. -Photo by Oren Vourman]
Lopez went an impressive 9-2 in singles this fall, including a 2-1 mark at No. 4 and a 4-1 mark at No. 5. The junior co-captain was also equally impressive in conference play, totaling a 6-1 league record. Her combined singles and doubles record for the season is 8-3.
Like Laninga, team co-captain Tatyana de Muns also finished her Purchase career on a high note. She went a combined 12-6 this season in singles and doubles. Her leadership was unmatched and will be greatly missed moving forward. Her final season as a Panther produced a 6-3 overall record in singles (5-2 in Skyline) and a 4-3 conference mark in doubles play.
Next fall looks like it has all the makings of another championship run. The Panthers return standout underclassmen Ashley Bernhardt, Tova Hadar, Mary McDermott, Chelsea Quinn, Amy Spenziero and Kim Whitehead – all of which contributed to Purchase’s success in 2010. The Panthers also have high hopes for Michelle Gil, Emily Bishop and returning senior Lopez, who along with Ormsby will anchor next fall’s squad.
-Bobby Ciafardini, SID