Women's Tennis

*NCAA Sweet Sixteen*: 2006, 2007
*NCAA Regionals*: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

About the Program
The women's tennis program at Bowdoin College was instituted in 1973, and has flourished into one of the strongest programs in New England. Over the past handful of seasons, Bowdoin has been a constant in postseason play, competing well in NESCAC Tournament play as well as in NCAA Tournaments. In recent seasons, the Polar Bears have also played host to the NESCAC and ITA Regional Championships. Bowdoin plays a full schedule of matches in both the fall and spring season, setting the stage for postseason tournaments in May.

2007-08 Recap
Under first year head coach Paul "Hobie" Holbach the Bowdoin women had one of the program's finest seasons. The Polar Bears ended the season ranked #8 in the nation, their highest finish ever in school history. They began the season ranked #26. The fall season consisted of mostly individual tournaments where Kristen Raymond stepped up and won the ITA's at the #1 singles spot. This was the beginning of a very successful season for the senior Co-captain. Sarah D'Elia, the other co-Captain studied abroad in Spain for the fall season.

After losing their #3 and #4 players to graduation the Polar Bears began the season with some trials and battles. Coach Hobie scheduled a difficult spring trip in California where the Polar Bears competed quite well. Playing these tough matches helped players gain experience. Freshmen Kaitlin Raymond and Stephanie Langer both helped fill the void of the loss of two seniors. Kaitlin began the season as a #6 player and ended the season playing #3. Charlotte Hitch suffered a season ending stress fracture which cut the team down to only 7 players. This made it difficult to substitute players and the Bears just prayed for no more injuries. Early season losses to both Middlebury 5-4 and Amherst 5-4 did not deter the Bears but only convinced them that they could beat the highly ranked national teams. Despite having 7 losses Coach Hobie knew the Bears were toughened up and ready to beat the best. At NESCAC's Bowdoin knocked off Middlebury 5-4. Rachel Waldman won the deciding match 6-0 in the 3rd at the #5 singles spot to clinch the match. Sarah D'Elia also avenged an earlier season loss at the #2 singles spot. Heading into the NCAA's, the Polar Bears swept Vassar and then knocked off the #2 ranked Amherst squad 5-4. Kristen Raymond won the deciding match 7-6 in the 3rd set to send the Bears to Minnesota and the NCAA Quarterfinals.

In Minnesota the Bears lost 5-3 to Pomona-Pitzer to end their season ranked #8 in the country. At the NCAA Individuals Kristen Raymond capped off the finest season ever for a Bowdoin player by finishing #4 in the country and becoming Bowdoin's first singles All-American. Kristen graduated with a 27-6 singles record. Sarah D'Elia ended the season ranked #35.

The Polar Bears can boast some of the best facilities in New England, offering a plethora of indoor and outdoor options. Bowdoin has hosted numerous NCAA, NESCAC and ITA events at their host sites; indoor at Farley Field House or the Maine Pines Indoor Racquet Center. Outside, Bowdoin has several state-of-the-art outdoor hardcourts, offering ample space for matches and spectators.


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Women's Tennis Coaching Staff

Head coach: Hobie Holbach

In the summer of 2007, Paul "Hobie" Holbach was named the head coach of the women's tennis program at Bowdoin College. In his first season at the helm of the Polar Bears, Holbach led the squad to a program-best #8 end-of-year ranking and the team's first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.

Holbach graduated cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1980 as one of the most distinguished players in the history of the school. A two-time Division III All-American and Academic All-American, Holbach was the 1980 Division III Doubles Champion and finished his career with a 113-35 mark in singles and 135-20 record in doubles play. Subsequently, Holbach was inducted into the Gustavus Athletic Hall of Fame.

During his time in St. Louis, Holbach directed one of the largest junior programs in the country. At the Sunset Tennis Center he coached several junior players to national junior championships, sectional titles and collegiate scholarships. Over 300 junior players were under his wing at the club.

In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles where he soon became nationally-known and coach some of the very best. In 1988 he became the assistant coach at UCLA where he helped lead them to the NCAA Semifinals. During this time, at UCLA he worked individually with players such as Stella Sampras (the 1988 NCAA Doubles champion, current UCLA women's coach).

For the next seven years, Hobie became one of the premier women's coaches in Southern California. The roster of players he coached during this period includes Lindsay Davenport (former world #1), Kimberly Po (world top-30 ranked player), Debbie Graham (1992 WTA Rookie of Year), Heather Willens (three-time NCAA All-American), Nicole London (two-time Easter Bowl winner), Marianne Werdel (world top-25 ranked player) and Jean Ceniza (UCLA NCAA doubles champion).

In addition to coaching 13 Division I All-Americans during that time, he also coached at Grand Slam events throughout the world, the NCAA Division I Championships and several top National Junior Championships.

He returned to the Sunset Tennis Center in St. Louis in 1995 to direct the junior program. He also spent two summers directing Tennis Safari, a program for underprivileged children in Kenya.

Holbach is now bringing his coaching expertise to Bowdoin where he plans to continue coaching indefinitely. As a former Division III player, Hobie loves the passion and desire that student-athlete possess. He feels that there is no better place in the country for a student to pursue the rich experience of athletics and academics than at Bowdoin.

Hobie married Cinda Gurney-Holbach in 2003. Cinda is also a tennis professional who was a three-time All-American at North Carolina. They live with their three pugs (Sox, Kenya, McKinley) in Georgetown, Maine.

Coach Holbach can be reached at pholbach@bowdoin.edu .

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Women's Tennis Roster

Name Year Hgt. Hometown/School
Sarah D'Elia '09 5-4 Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ward
Charlotte Hitch '09 5-4 Wayzata, Minn./Blake School
Rachel Waldman '09 5-4 Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford-Sutherland
Brett Davis '10 5-4 Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck
Elizabeth Pedowitz '10 5-6 Briarcliff, N.Y./Briarcliff
Stephanie Langer '11 5-4 Irvine, Calif./Sage Hill
Kaitlin Raymond '11 5-4 Dover, Mass./Noble & Greenough
Emily Lombardi '12 5-4 Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale
Hannah Hoerner 12 5-4 Andover, Mass./Andover

Head Coach: Hobie Holbach
Team Captains: Sarah D'Elia
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 Women's Tennis Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Score
09/13/2008,  TBAat ECAC Invitational (Trinity) 1st
09/26/2008,  TBAat ITA New England's (MIT) -
10/04/2008,  TBAat Middlebury Doubles Invit. 
10/05/2008,  TBAat Middlebury Doubles Invit. 
10/17/2008,  TBAat NEWITT's (Amherst) 
10/18/2008,  TBAat NEWITT's (Amherst) 
10/19/2008,  TBAat NEWITT's (Amherst) 
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Women's Tennis Releases

Date Posted Title
04/30/2008,  4:15PM Raymond, D'Elia Net NESCAC Honors
04/28/2008,  9:00PM Women's Tennis Garners At-Large Bid
08/17/2007,  10:00AM Tennis Teams Receive Academic Honors
05/29/2007,  3:00PM Holbach Named Women's Tennis Coach
05/15/2007,  11:30AM D'Elia, Raymond Earn NESCAC Honors
08/22/2006,  3:30PM Sproat Named Assistant Coach
07/05/2006,  1:00PM Joyner Named Interim Tennis Coach
05/03/2006,  1:00PM NCAA Tournament Information
04/25/2006,  12:00PM NESCAC Tournament Information
05/05/2005,  1:00PM Shaver Named All-NESCAC
05/03/2005,  11:00AM 2005 NCAA Bids Announced
04/27/2004,  12:00PM Tennis Teams Qualify For NCAA's
09/13/2003,  2:00PM 2003 Tennis Preview
04/23/2003,  8:00AM Shaver Named All-NESCAC In Women's Tennis
09/26/2002,  8:00AM Omni Hotel Regional Tennis Tournament
09/24/2002,  8:00AM Women's Tennis to Host Omni Regional Championship
09/11/2002,  8:00AM 2002 Tennis Preview
08/30/2002,  8:00AM Women's Tennis to Host Regional Tournament
05/21/2002,  8:00AM Hricko, Bawden Compete in NCAA's
05/14/2002,  8:00AM Tennis Teams Prep for NCAA's
05/06/2002,  8:00AM Tennis Teams Qualify for NCAA's
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Women's Tennis : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990