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Women's Tennis Looks Forward to Next Season

May 13, 1998

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.- The Boston College women's tennis team closed out their spring season with a fifth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, and can look toward the fall with true anticipation. The squad will be bolstered by this year's standout freshmen Cynthia Tow (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Kiren Fernando (Lake Oswego, Ore.), who combined for 41 singles victories and 14 doubles wins as a pair.

Tow earned 22 singles victories and Fernando accumulated 19 for the year. Together, they posted a 14-13 doubles record, including a 10-6 mark in tournament play.

While the Eagles lose the services of seniors Christina Malone (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Kara Swanson (Concord, Mass.), three current sophomores will return to lead the team.

Sophomore Mercedes del Valle (Mexico City, Mexico) finished the year with a 20-18 record, winning four of her last six matches. Del Valle also posted 12 victories in doubles play, split among four teammates.

Barbara Privrel (Zurich, Switzerland) rang up 17-14 record. Privrel went undefeated in the BIG EAST Tournament with three victories, two in singles play, and one in doubles.

Kim Arbuckle (Miami, Fla.) contributed seven singles wins and also stood out at the BIG EAST Tournament, earning two doubles victories with partner Kara Swanson.

Swanson wrapped up her collegiate career by tying her career-best with 12 singles victories, matching her freshman total. Swanson finished her career with 30 singles and 24 doubles wins, including an impressive 20-7 doubles record with former tennis partner Mary Moulton.

Malone leaves the Heights with 108 career victories -- 61 singles and 47 doubles, including 23 with her sister Sarah, who graduated in 1997. Malone capped her senior season by earning three wins at the BIG EAST Tournament, two in singles, and one in doubles. Malone will serve as an assistant coach to head coach Mark Burns next season.

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