The womenâ€™s tennis team went 2-0 in their final weekend of regular season play. They started the weekend Saturday April 18 with an 8-1 victory over the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.
â€œThe team is playing at a very high, competitive level right now. Itâ€™s hard to say that weâ€™re peaking because there are a lot of team members currently injuredâ€”throwing a curveball in our typical lineup,â€ said first year Marie Lutz.
The Tigers were dominant, dropping only a single game as they swept doubles.
Sophomore Liza Southwick and Lutz won 8-1 at No. 1, juniors Gaby Roe and Caroline White won 8-0 at No. 2, and first years Cheyenne Duncan and Blaire Porter won 8-0 at No. 3.
Lutz (6-0, 6-2 at No. 2), White (6-3, 6-0 at No. 3), Roe (6-0, 6-0 at No. 4), first year Nicole Rueb (6-0, 6-1 at No. 5) and Duncan (6-1, 6-0 at No. 6) all won in straight sets in singles matches.
The lone loss for the Tigers came as Southwick was edged 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 against a former Division I player at the No. 1 spot.
On Sunday, April 19, the women finished the regular season with a 6-3 win over No. 38 University of Texas at Tyler.
â€œI told the girls beforehand, â€˜Look, this is going to be a tough match. You know, really get your game face onâ€™. This is probably one of the biggest matches of the season,â€ Roe said. Â â€œI think that everyone was really focused and set on knowing that every point counted in that match.â€
The Tigers went 2-1 after doubles as Southwick and Lutz won comfortably 8-2 at No. 1 and Roe and White won in a 9-7 battle at No. 2.
Roe and White are 7-4 this season as doubles partners and 4-0 when playing at the No. 2 line. Duncan and Porter fell in a tight 8-6 match at No. 3.
The top four players in the singles lineup each got wins for Trinity. Southwick won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, Lutz won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, White won 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 at No. 3 and Roe won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. Rueb (1-6, 6-2, 6-1) and Duncan (6-1, 5-7, 6-3) each lost in three sets.
â€œEspecially in the beginning of the season, we play a lot of DII teams and some DI. Even though that is really good practiceâ€”and we really need to challenge ourselves in these matchesâ€”it is really nice to have a confidence booster at the end of the season. We go into conferenceâ€”go into regionalsâ€”knowing that against these DIII teams we are matching up well against them,â€ Roe said.
The Tigers finish the regular season with an 8-8 record and three consecutive wins. They also boast a 7-2 record this season against NCAA Division III competition.
â€œWe have been kind of waiting for this part of the season. We had a really hard scheduleâ€”and we were a little over our heads in some regardsâ€”but it was great,â€ Rush said. â€œThe girls are really coming together, everybody is getting better, and we are pretty healthy right now so things are looking pretty good.â€
The post season begins with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament April 24-26 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
The Tigers received a bye in the first round.
Their first game is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, where they will play the winner of the Southwestern and Texas Lutheran University match up in the semifinal round.