Bittersweet end for women’s tennis team

During their final week of tennis, the women traveled to Ankeny, Iowa, for the American Rivers Tennis Individual Tournament on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.

The tournament, much like the men’s tournament, is split up into singles and doubles, with singles having three brackets and doubles having two brackets. Participating in A-Singles were senior Emma Cooke, sophomore Meghann Long, and sophomore Audrey Hinz. Cooke lost in the first round to a Central player, her score ending 6-1, 6-1. Long was also defeated in the first round by Wartburg, the score being 6-3, 6-0. Hinz won her first match by defeating a Coe player 6-2, 6-4. Moving on to the quarterfinals, Hinz defeated a Simpson player in a tiebreaker, the final scores being 2-6, 6-4, and 10-4. In the semifinals, Hinz was beaten by Coe, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. In the match for third place, she was beaten again by Luther, 6-1, 6-0, giving her fourth place in A-Singles.

“Audrey played well,” said Head Coach Chad Fenwick. “She was able to defeat the Simpson player that beat her a few weeks ago.”

In the B-Singles bracket, representing Loras were first-year Noely Bauman, junior McKenna Craff, and first-year Marianna Bayona Paez. In the first round, Bauman won her match against Nebraska Wesleyan by default. Craff won her match against Buena Vista, her final score being 8-2. In the second round, Bauman won again, defeating University of Dubuque 8-5. Craff was defeated in her second match by Wartburg, the score being 8-4. Paez, who got a pass in the first round, was defeated by another Wartburg player 8-3. In the quarterfinals, Bauman won her third match, beating Central 8-6. In the semifinals, she lost 6-2, 6-1 to a third Wartburg player, bumping her down to the third place match. There, she was defeated again, losing 6-1, 6-0 to Luther, giving her fourth place in B-Singles.

Participating in the C-Singles bracket were sophomores Maddie Smith, Cora Shefchik, Franny Roche, and first-year Erin Richards. In the first round, Smith was defeated by Central 8-4. Shefchik won her match against the University of Dubuque 8-5. Roche and Richards both won their matches by default. During the second round, Shefchik was defeated by Central 8-1. Roche lost her match to another Central player, the score being 8-4. Richards was also defeated, her match against Wartburg ending 8-2.

In the A-Doubles bracket, the only Loras team to participate was the team of Hinz and Bauman. The duo won their first round against the University of Dubuque, defeating them 8-3. In the quarterfinals, the team lost to Wartburg 8-3.

Representing Loras in the B-Doubles bracket were the teams of Shefchik and Richards, Cooke and Craff, Smith and Roche, and Long and Paez. In the first round, Shefchik and Richards won their match by default. Cooke and Craff won against Wartburg, defeating them 8-6. Smith and Roche also won their match, defeating Simpson 8-1. Long and Paez won against Central team 8-1. Moving onto the second round, Shefchik and Richards were defeated by Wartburg 8-0. Cooke and Craff won again, defeating Buena Vista 8-1. Smith and Roche were defeated in their match, losing 8-4 to Coe. Long and Paez won their second match against Wartburg, winning 8-1. In the quarterfinals, Cooke and Craff fell to the University of Dubuque, losing 8-4. Long and Paez were also defeated, losing 7-7 (7-5) to Luther.

“It was a tough tournament for the women,” said Coach Chad Fenwick. “The weather was cold and windy, and the other teams just handled those elements a bit better than we did.”

With the end of this tournament, the women’s tennis season is officially over. With the season done, the women will now prepare for a strong start in the spring season.

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