LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell women’s tennis coach Rebecca Helt has announced the appointment of rising senior Christie Schneider (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) as team captain for 2014-15. In addition, Schneider and classmates Lydia Colvin (Cleveland, Ohio/Orange) and Alyssa McAndrew (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) will serve as “Team Leaders” this season.

“Christie is someone who has been a part of our starting lineup, on and off, for three years, but has contributed to the team in a number ways,” said Helt. “Christie is viewed by her teammates and coach as a leader by example each and every day. She treats her teammates and coaches with a great deal of respect, she works hard on and off court and she is an outstanding student in the classroom. Christie is interested in cultivating a team culture of inclusiveness, cohesion, respect, hard work and fun. She will encourage feedback and participation from all team members and be a great leader and mentor by example.”

Schneider has won 17 singles matches and 10 doubles matches in her career so far. Last spring she was 2-0 in doubles, with the wins coming against Patriot League rivals Lafayette and Colgate.

“In conjunction with our emphasis on leadership and the Bucknell Bison Leadership Academy, we have also appointed ‘Team Leaders’ for the first time,” explained Helt. “We hope to work on the specific role of this new position, and how it can best serve our entire team as we continue to emphasize the importance of leadership skills, leading by example, and building on an already positive culture within the women's tennis program.

“Our Team Leaders this year are Christie Schneider, Alyssa McAndrew and Lydia Colvin. Team leaders are members of the team who set strong examples of appropriate student-athlete behavior each and every day and who are committed to representing Bucknell Tennis is the most positive light. Team Leaders are always in a position to hold their teammates accountable for making decisions that will best represent Bucknell and Bucknell Tennis. Team Leaders will make themselves accessible to all teammates, particularly first year student-athletes, in an effort to guide them and emphasize our team expectations.”

Colvin played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Bison last season, and her 69 career combined singles and doubles victories are second-most among all returning Bucknell players in 2014-15. McAndrew was primarily a doubles player for the Bison a year ago, seeing action in all three positions in the lineup.

The Bison women’s tennis team opens up its fall tournament schedule with a home event Sept. 5-7 at the Gerhard Fieldhouse Courts. Bucknell will also host tournaments on Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28.