The men’s and women’s tennis teams are quickly approaching the end of their conference seasons with two completely different endings.
After a tough trip to Spokane, Wash., to play both Whitworth and Gonzaga universities, the women’s tennis team came back with four consecutive conference wins after a trip to California.
On March 11, the women faced tough competition against Whitworth and lost their first conference match, 4-5. The women also lost a non-conference match to Gonzaga, 2-5.
But the women returned for one match against Hardin-Simmons University, winning 7-2. Then they traveled to California to play the University of Redlands and the University of La Verne. The team lost to Redlands, 1-8, but won against La Verne, 7-2.
“Even though the overall score was 1-8 against Redlands, it does not reflect how close everyone’s matches were against that team,” senior Sarah Watanabe said. “We are just as competitive as them, and the match could have easily gone our way. We have not played a match outside since February; therefore, playing conditions outside could have been a factor.”
The women will face the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers at 3:30 p.m. April 1 in Portland. The ’Cats will play their last conference match at Willamette University at 3:30 p.m. April 8.
With a mixed bag of results, the men began the weekend with a 7-2 win against George Fox University on March 31.
“Our match against George Fox was a great win for us. It was one of the matches in the beginning of the season that we lost 5-4 in matches. But we came out with a lot of energy and focus today, which helped drive us to pull out a 7-2 win result,” senior Mark Magdaong said.
Prior to the match against George Fox, the men traveled to California with the women’s team. The Wildcats lost to Redlands 1-8 and their match against La Verne was canceled because of rain.
“California was a great learning experience for us ,and it always is. We got to see a higher level of tennis, and it was fun to compete against them. Unfortunately our second match was rained out, so we only got to play one match,” Magdaong said.
The men then traveled to Tacoma, Wash., and won against the University of Puget Sound, 6-3, although they faced a tough loss the next day against Pacific Lutheran University, 4-5.
The men will host the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at 1 p.m. April 1 and will host the Willamette Bearcats at 3:30 p.m. April 8 for the final conference match before heading to the Northwest Conference championships.
Corrina Crocker/Sports editor
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