Women’s tennis perseveres through tough season

 

The Pioneer women’s tennis team had a rough start this season competing against GLIAC’s powerhouse teams.

Entering into the GLIAC was a new world for the Pioneers, as they learned that the level of intensity has only risen.

“We are going to continue with fitness, but the girls need to play this level of competition in the offseason,” head tennis coach Hrian Mogus said.

Former sophomore NCAA All-American tennis player Asia Harris also shared her thoughts on the challenges of her opponents.

“For all of us, this year was a year of learning and growth,” Harris said. “It is apparent that we did not have the greatest record, but from this we can all acknowledge what we need to improve on and take the offseason to work on those things.”  

Sophomore tennis player Asia Harris has been a great contender for Pioneer women’s tennis this season. Harris hopes to grow from the season’s hardships and to have a bright future for Pioneer tennis. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Although its record hasn’t been ideal, the team has made drastic changes and has essentially improved over the past few years.

“As of now the team is 2-14, but the girls have definitely improved a lot,” head coach Hrian Mogus said. “Our team is led this year by Asia Harris and Janelle Linder.”

Harris is one of the best players in the GLIAC conference as well as on the team.

Linder, who is a senior, has been performing well for the team and has showed great leadership for her teammates. 

Besides Harris and Linder, freshman tennis player Krista Leonard has been doing well and has great potential for Pioneer tennis.

Recently being named Malone’s athlete of the week, Leonard has proven her talent this year by playing well on the court.

Despite its challenging schedule, the Pioneers have seen light in their season by the growth of the team’s closeness.

“The atmosphere of the team is my favorite part about this year,” said Harris. “There is so much love on our team and we all got so close. We have so much fun and we are honestly like sisters now.”

The future holds a lot for Pioneer women’s tennis and it hopes to only grow from its hardships this past season.

The next match-up the tennis team has will be the GLIAC tournament October 25-27.

 

Justin Davis is a sports writer for The Aviso AVW.

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