Women’s tennis team learns from road matches

The women’s tennis team traveled to Davenport on Saturday, March 5, to take on St. Ambrose, a notably difficult opponent within the women’s schedule. The Duhawks competed with ferocity, and some came back after an early loss to put themselves back in competitive territory. In the end, St. Ambrose took the competition 8-1, but the Loras women didn’t make it easy on them.

Despite the match being a dual meet, the day began with singles play, and the women got out to a hot start. Junior Jessica Dickhut dropped the first set against her opponent, but fought her way back in the second set to push the match to a tiebreaker. After some back and forth action, St. Ambrose took the match winning the tiebreaker 10-7. Sophomore Kylie DeWees got off to a great start taking her first set 6-1. She held onto a tight match by forcing a tiebreaker, but her opponent took the match with a narrow 13-11 win.

At the No. 3 singles role, freshman Emma Cooke fought hard after a 6-3 loss in her first set. She won the second set 6-0 and used that momentum to secure a 10-8 victory in the tiebreaker.

Sophomore Rachel Molidor put up a solid performance as well in the No. 4 singles spot, contending fairly well against her opponent. Unfortunately, Molidor eventually fell 6-3, 6-4.

Despite strong efforts by the doubles teams, Loras struggled in dual competitions. Nevertheless, the team can learn from these matches and move forward in their season with more experience and readiness.

An exciting time for the Duhawks lies ahead as they prepare for their spring break trip to Hilton Head in South Carolina. At Hilton Head, they’ll be taking on tough opponents including the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the University of St. Thomas and Greenville College. The trip promises to be a great experience for Loras as it gains competition knowledge from an expanse of teams from their region on the trip. This trip will be the first under head coach Chad Fenwick, and the team looks to evolve and prepare for the rest of the season.

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