Tennis teams prepare for spring
March 20, 2017
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The PNW men’s tennis team improved their overall record to 7-1 with a 6-3 win against Central College on March 4.
Moritz Gisy, freshman, won at No. 1 singles to improve to 8-0. He beat his opponent in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-2.
Gisy and Mauricio Villacres, freshman, picked up the No.1 doubles victory. The pair holds a 6-2 record for the season.
Jonluke Passett, freshman electrical engineering major, said he has been proud of the team’s success, but that there is still room for improvement.
“We need to improve our intensity during practices to speed up our progress so we can reach the high level we want to get to,” Passett said.
The women’s tennis team ended a two-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory against Central College on March 4 to improve their record to 3-3.
Lucian Tubic, head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams, said he was impressed by both teams’ performances.
“Performances have been great for both teams,” Tabic said. “We made a few minor adjustments so far, which is typical since the teams are still learning their identities.”
Brooke Foltz, junior, won 6-3 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Foltz then teamed up with Stella Evers, freshmen, for a 9-7 victory at No.1 doubles.
Cynthia Basu-Chavez, sophomore, and Carolina Yepez, freshmen, won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.
Basu-Chavez said the team is supportive of each other during individual and doubles matches.
“Since we do not always play in pairs we try to support on the sidelines,” Basu-Chavez said. “We cheer each other on and keep each other calm.”
Selina Baez, sophomore, said the team has made progress under Tabic and that she believes this team is built to last.
“I am happy with how the tennis team is developing and growing together,” Baez said. “Under Tabic, we have all improved our performance, especially myself. I appreciate the support the tennis teams receive from the athletic department and look forward to what the tennis programs will look like two or three years down the road.”
Tabic said the teams are promising because of the growing number of players.
“As a head coach, I hope they will have a clear understanding of what our next steps will be as a tennis program,” Tabic said.
Both teams will travel to St. Ambrose University on March 25 to begin the CCAC spring season.