Last weekend the Trinity women’s tennis team championed against Division II McMurry University.

They beat the War Hawks 5-1; however, due to rain delay, some of the matches were not finished, as mutually decided by both coaches. The Tigers improved their record to 8-7; and are now ranked 28th in the nation among Division III schools.

“I felt that the matches last week were very good. We started off really strong in the double,” said head coach Matt Haugen. “The weather was really iffy, but the girls came out on the court and took care of business in the singles matches. I thought they were really efficient with the way they played; it was good for confidence, an easy win like that, especially after losing a tough match to Gustavus last week. It was good to see them bounce back.”

In doubles play, seniors Stephanie Williamson and Kylie Hornbeck won the No.2 matchup 8-3.

Sophomores Caroline White and Gabrielle Roe defeated their opponents in the No.3 slot 8-2. Senior Kathleen Lundquist and sophomore Kristy Hamilton lost 4-8 in the No.1 slot.

“Our match against McMurry went really well,” Williamson said. “The team had people step up and finish their matches before it rained which was great. We have been working on stringing together 3 game runs and I think the team did a good job of executing what we had been doing in practice into the match.”

In singles play, Hornbeck took the No.1 slot after her opponent left the match early due to an injury.

At the time of play, Hornbeck was down 1-2. Roe won the No.4 line, defeating her opponent 6-1, 6-0.

Williamson took the last win of the day on the No. 6 singles line, winning 6-1, 6-1.

Three players did finish their singles matches, on mutual agreement from the coaches. Hamilton was down 2- 6, 0-5 in the No.2 slot when the matches were stopped. In the No.3 line, White lost the first set 2-6, but was up 5-2 before the matches were paused. Lavinia Bendandi led her No.5 line match 6-2, 4-0.

“I’ve been really impressed by the progress all thirteen of us have made since the start of the season,” Hamilton said. “Coach Haugen has a knack for making small adjustments in our game that really benefits our overall performance.”

Trinity will host University of Texas-Tyler at 10 a.m. tomorrow and Texas Lutheran University at 3 p.m.

“It’s a really dedicated group; they work hard for each other,” Haugen said. “We’ve been able to play good tennis despite having a few injuries. People are able to come in and step when they need to so it’s been really great. We’re looking to finish out this last month on a strong note and just get ready and prepare ourselves for nationals.”

Next Saturday, April 19, the Tigers will have another home doubleheader against the University of Texas-Dallas at 10:30 a.m. and Colorado College at 3 p.m. The weekend after that, Trinity plays host to the SCAC Championships from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27. Winning the conference tournament would ensure Trinity a berth in the NCAA playoffs. The Tigers are looking to defend their SCAC title after beating Southwestern in the title game a year ago.