Since joining the ACC, the women’s lacrosse team has struggled to compete with more established programs in the conference. Last season, the team had 13 freshmen playing and only one senior, so in 2011, the team looks to be more familiar with one another. The team hopes to improve upon its 6-11 record from last season.
The softball team has been in a rebuilding stage since it won the ACC championships in 2008. The team has experienced losing records in each of the past two seasons but it has had a youth movement over that time. Only three seniors will be lost from the 2010 season. The lady Hokies look to get off to a hot start in the fall and hope to carry over the success over to the spring.
The women’s tennis team has had a younger roster for the past several seasons. Coach Terry Ann Zawacki-Woods will have quite an experienced team, however, by the time this season rolls around. The team did not lose any seniors, so the girls should be able to build on last season’s success. The tennis team competes in both the fall and the spring. With such an experienced roster, the team looks to be competitive in the ACC.
TRACK AND FIELD
The track and field team has been one of the more successful teams in women’s sports over the past few years at Tech. Track is a unique sport in which the athletes get to compete in both indoor and outdoor season. Indoor season is from January to the beginning of March, while the outdoor season begins one week after the indoor season is over.
Last season, the team finished third at the ACC indoor championships and sixth at the outdoor championships. After losing talented seniors, this year’s team will still be in good shape after bringing in highly talented recruits, according to head coach Dave Cianelli.
“Next year, we’re going to be able to move back up to the top three in the conference with the recruits that are coming in,” Cianelli said.