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Tennis hosts Grinnell, Cornell

September 22, 2017

Monmouth’s women’s tennis team had their home opening matches this past Saturday as they took on two tough conference opponents.

The Scots faced off against Grinnell College who came into the match with a 5-1 record. The Pioneers would get the victory 9-0, but the Fighting Scots fought hard and made it tough on Grinnell.

Katherine Hinman had the best singles competition of the match for the Scots, losing to Grinnell’s Milica Cvrokota 6-3 and 6-2. None of the singles competitions went into a third set.

Monmouth’s best doubles competition came from Morgan Holle and Natalie Curtis, but they would fall short 8-2. The duo of Katherine Hinman and Emma Johanns lost their doubles match 8-0 while McKenzie DeVilder and Haley Johnston lost 8-1.

After the loss to Grinnell, the Scots regrouped and took on Cornell for their second match of the day. The Rams came into this match with a 4-4 record but a 3-1 record in Midwest Conference play.

Monmouth had some close matches against Cornell but would lose to them 9-0 as well. The singles competitions did not go the Scots way as none of the six matches went past the second set.

Monmouth found a little more success in the doubles competitions. Holle and Curtis would put together another great match as they looked for the Scots first match win of the day, but they would eventually fall 8-6. McKenzie DeVilder/Haley Johnston and Katherine Hinman/Emma Johanns both lost 8-1 in their doubles matches.

“We competed to the best of our ability and the best that we could,” said Hinman. “With the matches that we played, we need to continue to keep a positive attitude and remember that we aren’t going to win every match but that putting in effort in practice is going to make us compete better in matches.”

The Fighting Scots will have three matches this upcoming weekend. They will head to River Forest, IL on Saturday to take on Dominican University. On Saturday, Monmouth will take on Illinois Wesleyan University and North Central College in Naperville, IL.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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