Trinity womenâ€™s tennis teamâ€™s home opening weekend was divided with two losses and one win.
The team took on Division II St. Maryâ€™s University on Thursday, Feb. 13 for their home-opening match, but lost with a score of 8-1. This marked the teamâ€™s second consecutive loss this season, though both defeats have come at the hands of non-Division III opponents.
â€œEach match is different and each match is a new opportunity. Having two matches in a day, you have to focus on each one separately, not worrying about the other,â€ said head womenâ€™s tennis coach Matthew Haugen.
During the game on Thursday, senior Kylie Hornbeck and first year Liza Southwick scored the teamâ€™s only points in the individual matches. Sophomore Kristy Hamilton and senior Stephanie Williamson almost took their matches, but fell 9-7, and fell to 2-1 overall.
St. Maryâ€™s swept all six singles matches, including three matches that went to three sets. Â Southwick lost 4-6, 6-2, and 1-6, while Williamson lost 3-6, 6-4, and 2-6. Senior Kathleen Lundquist lost 5-7, 7-6, and 5-10 during her match.
â€œYouâ€™re not always going to come out with a win on paper, thatâ€™s just the nature of the sport, but there is so much more to a match than the final score,â€ Southwick said. â€œWe didnâ€™t win against two top-ranked DII schools, but we fought for every ball, every point and every game. Thatâ€™s what it comes down to: How we go out on the court and compete. The results will take care of themselves.â€
The teamâ€™s next home matches, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 15, were split with a shutout victory of 9-0 over University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, followed by a shutout loss of 9-0 against Midwestern University. It was the teamâ€™s first shutout victory of the season, and the Tigers won all nine points with straight-set victories.
Southwick, Hornbeck and Williamson all scored points in both singles and doubles for Trinity in the opening match. Â Williamson teamed with Hamilton for an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles, and she also took a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles.
Hornbeck and Southwick were top line winners in doubles (8-1), then won the top two singles positions for the Tigers. Â Hornbeck won 6-1, 6-0 from line two, while Southwick took the line one singles point 6-0, 6-2.
Against Midwestern, Hamilton and Williamson lost a narrow 8-6 decision at line three doubles to fall behind 0-3 overall.
Southwick forced a third set in her No. 1 singles match, but eventually fell 1-6, 6-2, 4-6. Lundquist lost 5-7, 5-7 at line six as well, finishing off the day for the Tigers.
â€œI think one of the main things that gives us an edge over other teams is our support for each other. We all have each otherâ€™s backs, and we know that no matter how long we are out there on the court, we have 12 other girls right behind us cheering,â€ Lundquist said.
Trinity will be back in action on Saturday, March 1, at St. Edwardâ€™s University. Â Following a West Coast road trip, the Tigers will return home to host Schreiner University on March 28.