Sizzling start: Tennis teams are a combined 8-0

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are off to a hot start this spring.

The women look like they might never lose again as they are off to a perfect 3-0 start and have yet to surrender a team point during the streak. They swept to a 9-0 victory this past weekend over Concordia Chicago.

photo by Natalie Droeske

Senior Jessica Dickhut had plenty to say about the current state of the Duhawks.

“These wins are great for team morale as both teams face stronger teams later in the season,” she said. “A lot of this comes from the preparation in practice. Coach Chad Fenwick has us working on some new strategies for both singles and doubles.

“Not only does the practice help us play better but it also helps our team atmosphere during matches,” Dickhut continued.

“Having a smaller program means that we try to be extra loud during matches and cheer each other on. This type of inter-team support really helps everyone stay positive and play the best they can.”

The women’s tennis team will look to ride this win streak for as long as they can. Their next test is March 25 in Minnesota as the squad takes on Bethany Lutheran and Minnesota-Morris.

Similarly, the men’s spring season also is off to a solid start.

The Duhawks continue to win as they play teams from around the Midwest. This past weekend, they won matches against Concordia Chicago and Aurora. When it comes to the win streak, senior Jason Derby had some modest words about how they approach it.

“While it’s awesome to have the win streak, it’s definitely not something we talk about as a team. It’s not that we avoid it, it’s just not a big priority to us. We’re looking at one match at a time in the short term and trying to get ready for the bulk of our conference season and continue to rebuild Loras tennis in the long term.”

The men have a deep team and look to use this depth to keep putting wins on the board. Derby commented further about the state of men’s tennis.

“We’ve been getting wins from all over the lineup in the past few matches and even have had a couple chances to get some different guys into the lineup. I think it shows it’s not just the top guys working hard and improving at practice. We’re getting wins from deep into our lineup which is really great to see for the team and for those players.”

The Duhawks will look to continue to improve as they travel with the women this weekend to Minnesota to take on Bethany Lutheran and Minnesota-Morris.

“This upcoming season should be exciting. We have a great schedule ahead of us with some amazing athletes. And especially for the women’s team, we are doing everything we can do to prepare for the upcoming conference tournament in April, where we take on UD in the first round,” said Dickhut.

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Cruz Fedler is a sports writer for The Lorian.

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