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Tennis swings into consolation win: Women’s one doubles team hits its stride at conference

October 24, 2014

Courtesy of Monmouth College Women's Tennis Team The Courier - The women's tennis team won five of its nine first round matches, but we unable to place in the MWC tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Women’s tennis headed into the Midwest Conference Championships this weekend looking for redemption and some wins and came out with first place in the one doubles consolation bracket.

Even though they didn’t place, the Scots are happy with their game play and look forward to spring matches and next season’s potential with such a young team.

The weekend prior to heading into the Midwest Conference Championships, women’s tennis swept Ripon College 9-0, giving them a surge of confidence to prepare for the big event. The team arrived in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday and had high goals for the weekend.

“Our goal was to win as many first round matches as we could. If we didn’t win a first round match, then we wanted to get into the consolation championship,” said coach Brian Jordan.

The team won five of nine first round matches, but weren’t able to get past the second round against higher seeded teams. Among those first game winners in the singles matches were freshmen Katherine Hinman, Annaliese McDermott, Cheyenne Groat and senior Amanda Buck.

Courtesy of the Monmouth College Women's Tennis Team \ The Courier - Freshman Katherin Hinman works on her forehand swing in a match. Hinman was part of the winning doubles team in the consolation at the tournament this weekend in Wisconsin.

McDermott and Hinman took first place in the one doubles consolation bracket taking down Illinois College and Knox College along the way. This was especially gratifying for the pair after a tough loss from the doubles Prairie Fire team earlier in the season.
Hinman said she was happy with the outcome of her first Conference Championship showing.

“I think this is just the starting block from where we’ll end up in the future,” Hinman said.

With a young team comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores, and only one senior, the team and Jordan have high hopes for the future and are proud of their play this weekend. This conference weekend leaves a lot of room for growth in the future.

“I think we returned very well this last weekend. We served at a fairly high level, but our serves started to give out on us a little once our legs started to get tired,” said Jordan.

He said he also saw improvements in what the team has been working on all season and was pleased with the team’s volleying.

“Everyone stepped up to the plate though not only this weekend, but the whole season in general, and played awesome. We’re a young team now, but that only gives us more time to improve,” said sophomore Katy Tolsky.

This spring the team is prepared to play a few matches in the spring against St. Ambrose University and Division I Western Illinois University, among others. Jordan said that the team is looking forward to the fun atmosphere of playing a Division I team.

“The girls have already started looking forward to that and have already started asking me questions as to what they can do in the off season to get better,” Jordan said.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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