Tonawanda News — AMHERST — The Daemen Wildcats add three from the Tonawandas to its Women’s tennis team.
Gretchen Ringler, of North Tonawanda, Celina Wozniak and Sarah Crissy, both of Kenmore East High School, will join Stephen Beatty, Daemen’s head women’s tennis coach, next season.
“I am excited to be bringking in these three freshmen this year,” said Beatty. “All three of these young women have raw talent and I look forward to working with them for the next four years. With these three additions, we will have more depth which should set us up to improve our standings in the East Coast Conference.”
Ringler led the Lady Lumberjacks under the tutelage of tennis coach John LeMar, going undefeated as a singles player. Ringler, a National Honor Society member, was named a New York State Scholar-Athlete.
“Gretchen is a phenomenal athlete who has a lot of potential,” said Beatty. “She had a great high school career and I think she is poised to only improve the next four years.”
In her senior season, Ringler teamed up with doubles partner Jessica Robbins, qualifiying for the Section VI Tournament, making it all the way to the New York State Tournament during the fall tennis season.
Crissy, of the Town of Tonawanda, also qualified for the Section VI doubles tournament as a member of the Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs. Crissy was also named a NYS Scholar Athlete and member of the National Honor Socitey.
Wozniak, a two-time Athlete of the Week selection, will join her fellow Lady Bulldog on the Wildcats’ roster.
“Coming from the same high school and having been on a team already together, I think it will help Celina and Sarah transition into college tennis,” said Beatty. “Having familiarity with someone on the team can only be beneficial in my eyes.”