Women’s Tennis lead the conference

Samantha Sigler

Sophomore Caroline Brigham serves the ball to opponents during a match against Pacific Lutheran University on March 2 at home. Photo Courtesy of Tyson Takeuchi

Attacking the season head on, the Wildcats continue to be undefeated.

On March 2 the women’s tennis team played against Pacific Lutheran University and won 8-1. The team also played against Willamette University and won 7-2 March 3.

Overall, the women’s tennis team has six consecutive wins with 10 games and six tournaments remaining in the season.

“Whitman was our closest match and the result of that was a 6-3 victory,” freshman Gretchen Jernstedt said in an email. “Whitworth should be another competitive match, we play them on March 17 at home.”

On April 6 and 7, the women’s tennis team will be traveling to Walla Walla and Spokane, Wash., which will be competitive matches and are “something to look forward too, as we are going to prove that we are number one in the conference,” Jernstedt said.

In addition to these matches, the team is also planning to fly down to Claremont, Calif., during Spring Break for a tournament.

In her ninth year, head coach Amy Smith has finished no lower than second place in the Northwest Conference.

“She [has] taught me a lot already as an individual and is very motivational for the team as a whole,” Jernstedt said.

To prepare for games, the team goes over drills during practices that focus on something specific and then look for ways to integrate the ideas and shots from the drills into something more competitive and similar to a match.

The players also go to the weight room twice a week and do a pool workout once a week.

“I think everyone on the team stands out in their own way,” Jernstedt said. “One of our biggest strengths is our depth, which means we are hard to beat at every position.”

The women’s tennis team will compete March 10 in Tacoma, Wash., against the University of Puget Sound.

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