Despite the weather, the womenâ€™s tennis team was able to play in one of their two tennis matches this weekend. On Saturday they traveled to Marshall, Texas to compete against East Texas Baptist University (ETBU). The Tigers took home the victory 7-2.
â€œGoing into this tournament we felt very confident having played a lot of matches over spring break,â€ said first-year Mary Kaffen. â€œOur communication with each other on the doubles court was stronger than it has been in the past.â€
Starting off in the singles category, the Tigers won five out of the six matches. In the first seat, senior Liza Southwick defeated the ETBU player 6-4 and 6-3. In the second seat, sophomore Caroline Kutach won 6-2 and 6-1. Junior Marie Lutz was defeated 6-4 and 6-4. First-year Zoe Kaffen won 6-1, 6-3. Sophomore Andrea De Leon defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-4. In the last seat, M. Kaffen won her match 6-2 and 6-1.
â€œOur team is really close and a strong group of individuals,â€ Southwick said. â€œWhen we come together we all make up a talented team. We had a really long drive the night before, but we stepped up and had another good win against ETBU. I am so proud of each of our girls, especially with how the freshmen have stepped up and made this team Â stronger.â€
Moving into the doubles round, the second and third seat of the doubles were won by the Tigers. Lutz and Z. Kaffen lost 8-3. Receiving a point for the team, Southwick and M. Kaffen swept up the win 9-8. In the third set, Kutach and De Leon beat the other ETBU players 8-2.
Unlike some other Trinity sports, tennis competes against higher leveled universities such Division I and Division II. Despite the difference, the Tigers have managed to have a 12-7 season overall. Kutach and De Leon have now won their 10th doubles match and have only lost one this season. Southwick and M. Kaffen have a record of 12-3 singles victories.
â€œWe have a couple of weeks before we compete again, so working on our doubles will be one of the most important things for us,â€ Kutach said.
The No. 14 ranked team has worked hard and it has shown in their successful season. They have been competing almost weekly since the beginning of February. Itâ€™s hard to believe the season is wrapping up.
The team will play at home on Friday, April 21 against Southwestern University and on Saturday, April 22 against Colorado College and Austin College. They will play the SCAC championship Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30.