New courts bring air of new enthusiasm for tennis teams

The women’s tennis team comes into the 2017 spring season with high hopes. After securing a spot in the spring conference tournament last fall, they look to take advantage of their playing opportunities this spring.

“Spring season is a great time for us to develop as a team in non-conference competition in order to be ready for those essential conference matches,” says junior Ayla Graziano.

This spring season won’t be exactly like past seasons however. With the construction of the new tennis courts on campus, the tennis teams will be playing in a new environment come match day.

“We have the great opportunity to use the Alpine Courts which allows us to be more competitive for the upcoming matches,” said senior Jessica Dickhut about the temporary venue. “Since we don’t have courts, we play all of our matches at Dubuque Country club. We would love to see people coming out to support the Duhawk tennis team.”

Their first match of 2017 will be Friday, March 3, at Wisconsin Lutheran. Fans can also catch the Duhawks in action for the first game at Alpine Courts on Saturday, March 18 when they take on the Aurora Spartans.

Unlike the women’s side, the men’s tennis team has already seen action this spring season. They suffered a tough loss at Coe College this past Saturday, Feb. 25. Still, the Duhawk tennis team looks to continue the success they had last fall. Senior Jason Derby and junior Kevin Murphy were a force to be reckoned with as they made a trip to the ITA regionals. Upperclassmen weren’t the only ones to see success, however. The sophomore duo of Sean Baldwin and Riley Michel played their way to a second place finish in the conference tournament in 2016.

Aforementioned senior Derby had good things to say about the team.

“Last season was certainly a turnaround year for Loras tennis. The hiring of Coach Fenwick showed immediate results as we went from going 2-40 in 2013-2015 to 9-10 in 2016 and making the conference tournament for the first time in a decade.”

The men’s side will also have to get used to a new venue while they call Alpine Courts home for the 2017 spring season. March 3 will be the first time this spring fans can see the Duhawks in action when they take on Wisconsin Lutheran here in Dubuque at 5 p.m.

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