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Stone takes over Lady Techster tennis

September 29, 2016

Alex Heard
Staff Reporter | amh072@latech.edu

Amanda Stone (far left) takes over the Lady Techster tennis program after a very successful career at D-II Northeastern State in Oklahoma. Photo by Donny Crowe/LA Tech Communications.

Amanda Stone (far left) takes over the Lady Techster tennis program after a very successful career at D-II Northeastern State in Oklahoma. Photo by Donny Crowe/LA Tech Communications.

 

There is a new tennis coach at Louisiana Tech.

 

Amanda Stone was hired to replace previous coach Chad Camper after he accepted another job at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

 

Stone has an impressive resume as she recorded an 86-20 record and four straight Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament during her four seasons as the head coach at Northeastern State University, a Division II program located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

 

Stone said her transition to north-central Louisiana has been rather easy due to the hospitality of the locals.

 

“Everyone at Tech have been very helpful,” Stone said. “The people of Ruston are incredible. They have wanted to help me out. Their kindness has made the move easier.”

 

Marta Sramkova, a senior, said she is very fond of the fresh start Stone brings.

 

“I like her new energy,” Sramkova said. “We are on the same page on the goals we both wish to achieve.”

 

“Having a new coach so soon after the other leaves is nice, especially since my freshman year we waited a couple of months for (Camper).”

 

Tech Tennis is coming off a 15-7 record last season.

 

Stone said she is impressed with the team’s play and grit despite only knowing them a week.

 

“I am very happy with how tough and competitive they are,” Stone said. “This team is at a good level.”

 

Sramkova said she and Jazmin Britos, the other senior on the team, must lead by example  to show how Tech tennis is supposed to be played and how Stone wants it to be played.

 

“It is important for us to be good role models,” Sramkova said. “We want younger players to see us play and think ‘wow, I need to work as hard as they are.’”

 

Sramkova said the team’s family-oriented attitude will help with the coaching transition as well.

 

“Family is our motto,” Sramkova said. “Most of us are from overseas, so we just have each other.”

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