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Tennis opens season in Iowa

September 8, 2017

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

The Monmouth College Women’s Tennis team unveiled a deeper, more experienced lineup in their first two contests against two Iowa schools to open their season.

Playing in Iowa against Central College and Simpson College, the Scots came away with valuable match experience and a conviction that this year’s team is stronger than last year’s. Though both matches ended in losses, the tone from the team was decidedly positive. Last year’s wins leader, and current number one singles player Katherine Hinman, a senior, focused on the upcoming season, saying that the team is, “really positive about where the season is going to take us. I think that we are stronger than last year, and I know that we are all pushing each other to be better players.”

The weekend opened with the Scots visiting Simpson College, a match that opened with good results. Hinman opened the match for the Scots by winning her match in straight sets over Simpson’s number one, Kayla Reusche. Freshman Emma Johanns would continue the trend from the number two spot in singles, winning in straight sets over Simpson’s Cassidy Bierbrodt. Senior Morgan Holle would add another straight sets win from the fourth slot, and the Scots would split the singles matches against Simpson with three match wins going to each team. Doubles, however, would not go the Scots’ way, as the team dropped all three matches, as Simpson pulled away to win at home, 6-3.

The second matchup of the weekend, against Central College, got off to a similarly strong start, with Hinman dropping a tough 3-set match to Central’s number one, Ashley Maley. However, that would be as close as it would get for the Scots, as the team picked up game wins, but not set wins. After all was said and done, Central won 9-0, sweeping the Scots. Hinman, however, maintains that the weekend was helpful. “The matches we have played thus far are going to help us when conference matches come up,” the senior said. Per Hinman, the team has faced stiff competition thus far in the season, and hopes to use weekends like these, regardless of outcome, to improve in future matches.

The Scots’ next weekend of action sees them going to Wisconsin on September 9th, to play against Ripon College and St. Norbert’s College to kick off conference play, with another match on the 10th against Lawrence University.

Anthony Adams
Political Editor

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