Women’s tennis takes second at SCAC Championships, men’s takes fifth

The Colorado College tennis team heard senior Jack Burger’s “Let’s go, baby!” ring on the courts for the last time this past weekend. Both the men and women’s tennis teams finished their seasons on a high note at the conference championships in Georgetown, Texas.

On Friday, the first day of the tournament, the men’s team battled Texas Lutheran University and were downed 7-2 with Jason Gutierrez pulling out a win at No. 1 singles and Jack Benham and Ross Sherman winning at No. 3 doubles. The women’s team posted a 5-1 win over Austin College, advancing them to the semifinals.

“It was a strong start to the tournament and we all came out fighting,” said senior captain Mary Edman about Friday’s match.

On Saturday, in the second round of the tournament, the men’s team played Austin College for fifth place and prevailed 6-1. Seniors Jack Burger and Ross Sherman both won their final singles and doubles matches for Colorado College.

“I’m really glad that we ended our season on a win,” said Burger. “It helps a little bit with the sadness of the season ending. It was such a great experience and I don’t want to leave the Colorado College tennis team.”

The women’s team, seeded third at the beginning of the tournament, upset second-seeded Schreiner University 5-2 in a tough second-round match. “We set up all the points. We were there for everything,” said senior Maggie Harwood about this enormous win.

The women’s team headed to the championship on Sunday morning to play Trinity University, a nationally-ranked team that has won the SCAC championship 19 of the past 23 years.

The Tigers put their hearts into their final match, but fell to Trinity 5-1. First-year Natalia Dellavalle scored the team’s one win when her opponent forfeited due to an injury.

“My opponent forfeited the match when I was up 4-1, but I was feeling really good about how I was playing,” said Dellavalle. “I was happy that we ended when I was up in the match.”

“I think it went really well,” said head coach Anthony Weber. “For the girls’ side, getting one of our goals, second place in conference, was great, and hopefully we will get regionally ranked next week. The guys put in a huge amount of effort this weekend and I think they played well at the end of the season.”

Players on both the men’s and women’s sides say they will look back on the 2014-2015 season with a smile. “We had a strong team dynamic, great captains, great seniors, and, of course, Jack Burger,” said sophomore Gillian Hyde.

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