Tennis team tops rival UD

The women’s tennis team defeated the University of Dubuque Spartans for the fifth time in the last five years on Tuesday, Sept. 19, by a score of 6-3.

Despite facing the defending two-time IIAC Flight A singles and doubles champion from UD in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, the Duhawks posted wins down the line to bring home the team victory.

“They don’t have a lot of depth down the line,” said Head Coach Chad Fenwick about the Spartans. “Their top three players are solid, but after the three-spot they sort of taper off.”

After the No. 1 doubles match went to the Spartans, first-year Bri Eighme and junior Emma Cooke claimed their W at No. 2 doubles, 8-4. Then the first-year duo of Francesca Roche and ErinMcGivern also won 8-4 in No. 3 doubles. Roche and McGivern are on a four-game winning streak heading into this weekend.

“We came out of doubles with a 2-1 lead,” said Fenwick. “We play doubles first, so if you can come out of doubles with a lead will, at least should, set up the rest of the match for success.”

With the mid-match lead, the success from the doubles matches fueled the women through singles.

In additions to her victory in the doubles match, Cooke also shined at No. 2 singles taking the win 6-1, 6-3.

This moved her to 8-1 this season, 37-13 in her career. She is the eighth player in program history to bring home over 30 wins.

McGivern also scored a win at No. 3 singles, defeating her opponent 7-6, 6-4. The Duhawks secured their victory over the Spartans, with Roche and first-year Maddie Smith taking their matches 6-3, 6-4 and 7-5, 6-0 in No. 5 and  No. 6 singles, respectively.

“Looking at our lineup, four of our top six players are first-years. We’ve got a good, core group,” said Fenwick. “We’ve got a good, young group.”

The women will next take on the Coe College Kohawks in Cedar Rapids, IA, on Saturday, Sept. 30, and the Ripon College Red Hawks the following Sunday before gearing up for the IIAC Tournament.

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