Tennis teams snap in conference play

Senior Aleksandra Spasic and freshman Cassandra Kasicki high-five on the courts during their doubles match against Taylor University. (Photo by Caitlin Trainer)

The Foresters’s men’s and women’s tennis teams both lost in conference play Oct. 2, resulting in a shorter season than expected. After conference play, both teams had one last chance to prove themselves as they took on Tiffin University Oct. 10 for the final matches of the season.

The men’s team fell short in conference play to No. 4 Spring Arbor University (10-2). The season as a whole had a different outcome than most expected and the Foresters (5-7) themselves had anticipated after a successful season last year.

“I would say that we could have performed better this season,” junior Jose Hungria said. “We worked hard but at the end of the day we just didn’t win the conference, and that was our goal at the beginning of the season.”

Despite the early exit of the Crossroads League Tournament, Hungria said he thinks the team has potential and hopes that they are able to prove that in the spring season.

“I believe our team right now is good, we definitely need to work on getting better, but what I think would really help us is another solid player in our lineup,” he said.

The women’s team (3-9) had the same outcome in the Crossroads League Tournament play as they were knocked out by No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan University.

Junior Stacie Cressman explained that as disappointing as the short season was, the team had many adjustments to make coming into this season.

“Last year we graduated five seniors, so it was a big adjustment for everyone,” Cressman said. “The four freshman had to adjust to playing college tennis and the five returning players had to adjust to playing different spots.”

Cressman said that as hard as it was, the team came together and fought hard.

“Our best accomplishment as the team was the win over Goshen College because that was the only conference win this season,” she said.

The women’s team will focus on healing from injuries acquired during the season and strengthening to get better for the upcoming spring season.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will rest up this off season as they prepare for the spring season. The women’s spring season starts March 29 as the Foresters take on Trine University. The men’s team has not scheduled any spring matches yet.

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