The Univerity of Northern Iowa women's tennis team will get its 2013 dual season unde rway Saturday at UMKC.
The Panthers are led by first-year head coach Mariana Cobra.
"I am excited to get the season under way," Cobra said. "We have been working hard since the beginning of the fall and put in a lot of practice time since then. We have a very special group of women that have used all the changes we have gone through to make them better players and teammates. It has been great to see them get better every day and play with heart. More than anything I am excited that the season is here and that is when the fun begins. My goal is that our team give 100 percent every time they step on the court."
The Panthers and Kangaroos will get the season started at 5 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo. UNI is 9-0 all-time vs. UMKC in dual action.
UNI is led by three seniors in Phoebe Walker, Steffania Russo and Lindsay Cayton. The Panthers also feature a pair of juniors in Chelsea Moore and Krissy Lankelma.
Lankelma will serve as the team's captain this season. Lankelma has tallied a mark of 44-33 in singles action and 49-28 in doubles action in her first two seasons of competition at UNI.
Walker has recorded 70 doubles victories in her career, which ranks her tied for No. 8 on the Panthers' all-time doubles' wins list. Maria McDonald holds the UNI record for doubles wins with 83 from 1982-86.
The doubles duo of Lankelma and Walker went 8-2 this past fall and captured crowns at the Kansas Invite and the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals. They became just the second UNI doubles team to win an MVC individual doubles title. Meghana Paritala and Taynara Moraes won the No. 3 doubles title at the 2006 MVC Individuals.