September 17, 2021 | SPORTS | By Olivia Xerras | Photo by Anil Jergens

The women’s tennis team traveled to their first tournament of the fall season to compete in the Metro State Invitational the weekend of Sept. 11. Although the season does not start until the spring, competing at this time has allowed for great team bonding and a chance to showcase their dominant effort in all match styles. 

There are a few notable members sidelined due to injury. Nonetheless, this weekend provided a great time for the team to experiment with their lineup and get in a competitive mix of playing again. 

“It was a really exciting weekend since we have five new girls on the team, so we had a great time learning how to play together and cheering on our teammates as well as the men’s team,” said Captain Olivia Dicks ’23. 

The Tigers were the only Division III team playing in the tournament. 

“We basically had a long week of tennis. Being the only Division III team in this tournament is fun mentally because we can go in as the underdogs and there is not any pressure,”  said Elizabeth Girian ’24. 

Every great team is fueled by these special moments of preparation and CC tennis is no different. Players are looking forward to the year ahead. 

“The girl’s team is looking great because we have such good, new, freshmen,” said Girian. “Definitely an upward trend on both men’s and women’s sides. Just super excited about this fall season.”

Dicks shares in Girian’s eagerness.“The fall season is super short so we’re trying to make the best of it, but we’ve all been working hard and are excited to see where these next couple of weeks take us,” she said. 

This influx of great players is expected not only to elevate the skill level and focus at practices, but also has generated much anticipation for CC tennis fans around campus. As captain-led practices begin to come into play after a few more pre-season tournaments, winning should become second nature by springtime.

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