Wins here, wins there, wins everywhere. During our tennis team’s trip to Orlando, Florida, the men and women both prevailed.
The men’s team began strong with sweeping the double competition, which brought them their second consecutive win to start off their spring-break trip. To improve to 3-1 this season, freshman Levi Kimmel and junior Jack Burger won their singles and then teamed up for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
Playing against Oglethorpe University, our men’s tennis experienced their first loss when Oglethorpe swept the doubles competition and won a few more points in singles matches. A few days later, our men Tigers beautifully swept all six singles matches, and sophomore Casey Shaw, sophomore Taylor Delehantyand, and junior Ross Sherman cruised to a 6-0 record.
Going for the gold, the men again prevailed against Bethel University. On the last day of competitions, the men didn’t finish up as strong as they played throughout this spring break trip; we were able to win half of the single matches, but went 0-3 in double against Otterbein University.
The women triumphed 8-1 over Illinois Wesleyan University.
Although junior players Mary Edman and Maggie Harwood were victorious in singles and doubles, the Tigers couldn’t pull out a victory as they dropped a 5-4 decision to St. Michael’s College of Vermont.
However, the women came back a few days later with strength and patience, as they waited “two and a half hours,” coach Anthony Weber said, and swept their doubles matches pulling out a 6-3 victory over Bethel University of St. Paul. On this day, coach Weber notes that senior Caila Criss “clinched the match, and [junior Maggie Harwood] had a gutsy performance” as they pulled out a huge win.
Unfortunately, the women did not have enough to muster a win in the final match of spring break as Otterbein defeated the Tigers 7-2.
All of our Tigers played strong and fearless games this spring break in the Sunshine State. Root them on as they train for the rest of their season. GO TIGERS!