Tennis defeats Nebraska Wesleyan

By Konnor Barth (TheLorian)

After a two-week break, woman’s tennis has been patiently waiting to finish what they had started. With the number of conference games left starting to dwindle, the team found themselves with very few opportunities left to change the conference standings. Determined to finish the season as they had started, the team made the trek down to Nebraska with aspirations of securing another conference match victory.

The match quickly turned in favor of the Duhawks thanks to the dominating performance of the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. The No. 2 doubles team comprised of sophomores Sara Backus and Lauren Diiulio made quick work of their opponents winning their matchup 8-0. Following in their teammate’s footsteps, the first year duo of Alexandra Oestreich and Jackie Wells at No. 3 doubles also put forth a commanding 8-1 victory over their counterparts from Nebraska putting the Duhawks out to a quick 2-0 match lead. Unfortunately, the doubles domination was cut short by the No. 1 doubles team from Nebraska who narrowly secured an 8-5 victory over the Duhawks No. 1 doubles team. With a 2-1 lead coming out of doubles play, the Duhawks were still well aware that there was still work to be done.

As singles play began, it seemed as if what happened in doubles play was merely foreshadowing to how the rest of this matchup was going to playout. The Duhawks took their lead from doubles and never looked winning 5 out of 6 singles matches. Going down the lineup, the only Duhawk loss came at the No. 1 singles position. After a close match, senior Audrey Hinz would eventually fall to a 6-3, 6,3 defeat at the hand of Brooke Sailer. The Duhawks would go on to sweep flights 2-6 all in straight sets to secure the 7-2 victory. With this victory, the Duhawks improved their record to 4-2 in a fall season truly like none other. More than just another team win for one member of the team came out of this win. Due to her consistently dominate fall season, first year Clair Moore was named as an ARC Athlete of the Week. Earned due to a season record of 10-1 and an undefeated end to the season in singles conference play, Moore has been a rock for this Loras team at the No. 5 singles position. With this being only her first season, it’s safe to say that there is more to come. With Moore being only one of many underclassmen producing results for this Duhawk team, it seems like Coach Fenwick may be building up a team aimed at a conference title in the very near future.

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