Tennis completes fall season

By Rubi Torres, staff writer

The women’s tennis team had a successful fall season, with many great team and individual finishes.

Its first match was playing the Wichita Collegiate Invitational, where it fought to win its match 8-6.

Photo Courtesy of Newman University
Newman women’s tennis team. Starting from first row on the far left, Laryssa Ferreira, Hillary Hicks, Kirstie Symon, Jessica Brown, Anna Le. Back row starting from the left, Lisa Pleskan, Courtney Dold, Katie Klausmeyer, Taylor Jordan, coach Shella Augspurger

Next, the team played at Lindsborg. In the A doubles bracket, sophomore Lisa Pleskan and junior Hillary Hicks were able to close out their final match against Rockhurst, winning 8-3.

The Lady Jets also saw sophomore Courtney Dold go undefeated in her bracket and finish 6-4, 6-1 in her match against Emporia State.

The Jets then traveled to Pueblo, Colo. and went undefeated that week­end 3-0. The women beat Colorado Christian 8-1, Colorado Mesa 7-2 and Colorado Metro 6-3.

After closing the season with a 7-2 win at Fort Hays, the team will enter its spring season with a winning re­cord. Even though the women ended on a good note, they stay focused on their upcoming season and strive for improvement, junior Kirstie Symon said.

“I would say that something I can improve on would have to be main­taining a positive attitude and stay­ing focused, as Shella would always tell us,” Symon said. “I definitely want to work on constantly trying my best and working my hardest to be the best player I can possibly be.”

On the men’s side, the team had a rough fall season but continues to stay positive for a successful spring season.

“I am mainly looking forward to seeing how much our team will im­prove from last year,” sophomore Mitchel Whitmer said. “Last year we lost in semi-finals at conference, so hopefully our hard work will get us further this year.”

The season opener for the men’s team was at the Wichita Collegiate In­vitational.

But after singles and doubles, the men came up short and were not able to pick up a singles or doubles win.

After travelling to Pueblo, Colo., the men fell short 1-2.

Juniors Nei Dos Santos and Freddy Sanchez picked up the first win, finish­ing 8-3. Sophomore Jeff Wherritt and Colorado Christian University senior Taylor Bryan won their doubles match 8-0.

Against Metro State, of Denver, Dos Santos and Sanchez once again came out victorious, but the team fell in sin­gles.

In its final match against Colorado Mesa, the Jets lost 2-7.

Though the men struggled during their fall season, they aim towards improvement and keep an optimistic attitude as their spring season ap­proaches, Whitmer said.

“Our team gets along very well,” Whitmer said. “We all know what we are capable of and we all have the common goal of winning.”

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