The Colorado College women’s tennis team (8-11, 2-1 SCAC) traveled to Texas last weekend for the three final matchups of their regular season. The Tigers went 2-1 against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference teams, beating Austin College 5-4 and Texas Lutheran University 9-0, and losing to Trinity University 0-9.
This weekend’s matches were the first meetings between CC and other SCAC teams this season. In last Friday’s match against Austin College the Tigers swept all three doubles matches, with first-year duo Caroline James and Jenna McDonald rallying from a 7-4 deficit and winning a tiebreak 7-5.
The singles matches started off strong for the Tigers who won the first set in five of the six games. However the Tigers could not capitalize on their early leads and went down 2-6, but dominant doubles play allowed CC to keep the win.
“Our biggest strength on the court right now is our doubles,” said James. “We have been working on being aggressive at the net and smart at the baseline, and we have definitely seen a payoff in our matches.”
Saturday morning the Tigers had one of their toughest matches of the season. Trinity University ranked #16 swept all of nine matches and defeated CC 9-0. In the most well-fought match of the night, James and McDonald fell 8-3 to senior Liza Southwick and junior Marie Lutz, the 17th-ranked doubles team in Division III.
“Our weakness right now is keeping our patience, and trying to hit more high percentage and consistent shots in our singles matches,” said James.
The women’s team bounced back last Sunday in their final match of the regular season with a 9-0 win over Texas Lutheran University. CC had complete control of the court from the start. For the second time in the weekend, the Tigers swept all three doubles matches at 8-4, 8-3, and 8-2. The Tigers commanded singles play as well, winning matches 2, 4, 5, and 6 in straight sets.
The Tigers’ postseason run begins this weekend as the team returns to Texas for the SCAC championships hosted by Trinity Univeristy. The team is young and hopeful for the future.
“Our biggest hope for the playoff is to stay tough and consistent in our matches, especially in the Texas heat, and to give our opponents the toughest matches we can,” said James. “We have worked really hard this season and we are ready to fight at conference this week!”
This weekend the Tigers travel back to San Antonio Texas for the Southern Collegiate Atheltic Conference championships, hopeful for another win.