The women’s tennis team lost 7-2 during a home match April 3 against Cedarville University at the Harvard Courts.
Junior Kim Knisley, number one on the singles lineup, and senior Alana Phillips, number two on the singles lineup, won their singles matches in two sets each. Knisley pulled out a win with a close final score of 7-5, 7-5. Meanwhile, Philips won her match 6-1, 6-0.
“I played smart. When I needed to be aggressive, I was,” Phillips said about her singles win against Cedarville freshman Lily Schuler.
The other four singles players and the three doubles teams were not as fortunate as Knisley and Philips in their matches and lost to their respective Cedarville opponents.
However, spirits and attitudes remained high for the team moving forward.
“Just like any loss we just got to take it and learn and just practice and practice, keep working hard….You got to get over it and then right back in it,” sophomore Kaley Kahoun said about her 6-2, 6-3 loss to Yellow Jackets junior Melissa Stoltzfus.
Head coach Brian Mogus commended the team’s effort during the match and the play of the Yellow Jackets.
“We have had a better start today then we have all year … they were a pretty good team … the consistency, just the energy,” Mogus said. “We are right there with them skill wise.”
In spite of the team’s best effort the loss dropped them down to a 7-8 record, dipping the record to below .500. The team, however, remains hopeful for what is to come in the last few matches of the season.
The Pioneers have four more matches left in the season, not including the most important tournament of the year—the Ohio Independent Championships. The tournament will be hosted by Cedarville later this April.
“This is probably the easiest of our last five,” Mogus said. “It is going to be rough but I believe we can pull out some wins.”
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The team is not only preparing for the end of the season by practice and workouts, but by forming friendships off the court.
“I think everyone is looking well. I think we are in sync,” Phillips said. “Our doubles teams are playing really well together. We are really close as a team outside of practices and matches and we are all friends outside the court.”
After a loss to Wayne State University over the weekend, the Pioneers’ record dropped to 7-9. The next time the Pioneers hit the courts will be for a home match on April 12 against cross-town rival Walsh University.
Casey Stevens is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.