Men’s and Women’s Tennis in action
September 30, 2016
The men’s and women’s tennis teams both competed this past week. The men played in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the Division III Men’s Central Regional Championship, while the women played a home match against Illinois College.
At the men’s tennis tournament there was some tough competition from all around the Midwest, but the men played very well. Ronnie Griffin got the one singles win of the weekend for the Scots. He defeated Michael Seigel of Allegheny College 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 128, but lost 6-0, 6-1 in the round of 64. Paulo Pliego forced a third set in his second match but came up just short 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.
The Scots were very strong in the doubles matches. Ronnie Griffin and Landon Walker played all three matches for Monmouth, all of them were very close. They were defeated in the round of 64 8-5, but came back and won 8-6 which earned them a third match. They lost in a very close match 8-6. “The tournament had a very positive outlook that I think will transfer over to our season,” said Walker. “We are going to continue to keep playing and ready ourselves for a good year.”
The women’s tennis team also played this past week. The Scots had an afternoon match on Monday against Illinois College. Monmouth had some very strong singles competitions as three of the six matches went to three sets. Katherine Hinman defeated Illinois College’s Kathryn Ryan 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. That was followed up with another three set victory by Morgan Holle. Holle came back after losing the first set 4-6 and easily won the next two sets 6-1 and 10-1. Sophomore Rachel Leifheit also went into three sets as she took the early lead, winning her first set 6-4. She couldn’t keep the momentum going though, as she lost the next two sets 6-1, 10-1.
Leifheit would get her revenge though as she teamed up with Hinman for a doubles competition and won 8-5. That was the only doubles match Monmouth would win as they came up short 8-5 and 8-1 in the other two. Despite the Scots hard fought effort the Lady Blues came away with the victory 6-3.
Tennis gets a long break before their next match on Oct. 8 at Beloit College.