Duhawks secure berth in IIAC Tournament

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After a long weekend in Indianola and Pella, IA, the women’s tennis team locked up their spot for the spring conference tournament. The women’s tennis team had a long day of competition which began in Indianola. Saturday morning’s matches were scheduled to start a 9 a.m sharp.

However, when the team arrived at the Simpson courts at 8 a.m, they were met with rain. With no indoor courts as a backup option, the women’s tennis team had no choice but to wait out the weather. Due to the rain and the wet courts, it turned into a three-hour rain delay with the conference duo now starting at 11 a.m. However, the Duhawks did not let a little rain stop their momentum.

Once the team finally took the court, the Duhawks battled to an early lead of 3-0 after doubles play. The doubles duo of seniors Jessica Dickhut and Kylie DeWees fought hard for their match and prevailed to win 8-6.

The doubles pairing of sophomore Emma Cooke and junior Ayla Graziano stormed through their doubles match without looking back, winning 8-1. Another doubles duo of junior Rachael Molidor and first-year McKenna Craff also had a close fight at three doubles. In a constant back and forth battle with Simpson, Loras eventually pulled ahead and won the match 9-7.

Going into singles ahead 3-0, the Duhawks only needed two singles wins to secure their victory against Simpson. The team was determined to do more than just the minimum. The Duhawks won five out of six singles to win the conference match against Simpson, 8-1.

This defeat of Simpson is more than just a tally in the record. Simpson is the third conference team that the Duhawks have defeated so far this season, which means the women’s team has secured a spot in the team conference tournament that occurs in the spring. Now, as the Duhawks play the rest of their conferences duos, they will be playing for a seed in the tournament.

In addition, the win over Simpson means that the women’s team will have at least a .500 record by the end of the season, if not a winning season.

“I am so extremely proud of the women this season,” head coach Chad Fenwick said. “They have put in the work, and it has shown.”

After their success in Indianola, the Duhawks then traveled to Pella, IA, to take on the Dutch.  The Duhawks battled hard, but after doubles play they were down 2-1. The only doubles win came from the three doubles duo of Molidor and Craff.
The women were unable to overcome this deficit in singles play. Only Dickhut and Cooke scored wins for their team. The Duhawks eventually fell to the Dutch 6-3. The women’s tennis team had their final home match of the season on Wednesday against the Wartburg Knights.

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