The womenâ€™s tennis team split their matches last Saturday, falling 6-3 to Tyler Junior College in the morning, but rallying in the afternoon to shut down Laredo Community College 9-0.
â€œI think the team did very well this past weekend,â€ said first year Caroline White in an email. â€œWeâ€™re playing Division II teams right now to get some practice in before our two big trips, and I think we are doing a great job of competing with them and showing them we have a very strong team this year up and down the lineup.â€
In the first match, the Tigers took an early 2-1 lead after junior Stephanie Williamson and first year Kristy Hamilton won their doubles match in the No. 2 position, followed by a win from senior Thavindra Ekanayake and first year Gabrielle Roe in the third position.
â€œWe really had them scared after doubles and in singles we went out there and competed hard,â€ said head coach Jacob McMindes. â€œWeâ€™re playing down a player so people have had to move up and weâ€™re switching doubles teams around, but for the most part Iâ€™m really pleased with the way our teamâ€™s been able to plug in players.â€
Roe recorded the only singles win for the Tigers at the No. 5 position.
â€œIt was a hard fought match and I had a lot of team support without which I definitely couldnâ€™t have won,â€ Roe said. â€œEveryone put up a good fight down the line, but they were just a pretty strong team.â€
Against Laredo, White and junior Kylie Hornbeck won at the No. 1 position in doubles, followed by a win from Hamilton and Williamson. Since Laredo only had four players, Ekanayake and Roe automatically won the third doubles match.
â€œWe were already starting the match 3-0, but itâ€™s not always easiest to have that lead, to know youâ€™re going to win and still to finish that job and get it done, but our team did,â€ McMindes said.
Laura Roa won at the No. 1 position for Trinity, followed by wins from junior Lavinia Bendandi, junior Michelle Gun-Munro, and Williamson.
â€œI think our energy and competitiveness we have as a team is a big part of what contributes to our success in the matches we play,â€ White said. â€œAs a team weâ€™re also really good about cheering each other on during the matches, and I think that also is a big part of it because were playing for each other out there and want to win for the team.â€
Next weekend, the Tigers will travel to Greencastle, Ind., where they will compete in the ITA Indoor National Championships for the first time.
â€œWeâ€™re obviously excited to be there, but I want to make sure the girls arenâ€™t just happy to be there,â€ McMindes said. â€œI want them to understand they can go in there and scare a lot of people and make some noise.â€