Still undefeated in dual meets
Extending its undefeated WIAC record to 4-0, the Blugold women’s tennis team defeated UW-River Falls Tuesday afternoon.
“Our team is doing a great job at being competitive at every match,” senior Laura Geissler said. “We have done a great job of showing other teams how good we are this year.”
With the team’s overall record standing at 14-2, and a 9-0 dual meet record, after its victory against the Falcons, Geissler feels that the team is making some pretty big moves this season.
The Blugolds defeated the Falcons 9-0, winning all of its singles matches as well as all of its doubles matches.
“We had to battle the beginning of the doubles matches and then just maintain our composure,” coach Craig Monson said. “River Falls comes out competitive every time and we have to match that intensity and just battle through it until we come on top.”
A majority of the team’s sets in singles resulted in a 6-0 or 6-1 win with only junior Liz Deprey having a slightly tougher battle with a 6-4 and 6-3 to win her match.
The doubles matches were a different story for the Blugolds, with the No. 1 seeded Geissler and junior Sarah Riordan barely winning their first set 9-8 but easing into their rhythm and winning their second set 7-1 to win the match.
Junior Kristie Carlson and freshman Brenna McCormick also won their doubles match but with a little more ease than Geissler and Riordan, winning 8-3.
Freshman Gina Dahl and Deprey won the final match of the dual meet, defeating the Falcons’ sophomore Danielle Huper and freshman Allie Nickel 8-4.
Geissler attributes the team’s lost games to the team not being mentally tough enough, she said.
“Some games were lost just because we didn’t focus well and we let our guard down because we were winning,” she said. “We need to stay focused and finish out matches when we are ahead.”
The team’s next match is against UW-Oshkosh at 3:30 p.m. Friday in McPhee Center. The Warhawks come into the meet with a WIAC record of 0-4 and a dual meet record of 1-6.
“On paper we should beat them,” Monson said. “But we have to show up and play, we have to be ready to go.”
Geissler expects Oshkosh to get a lot of balls back, but expects that the team will overpower them, she said.
“We just need to focus on finishing out points.”
The team’s preparation for its meet against the Warhawks is going to be pretty standard, Monson said.
“We’re having a great season right now,” he said, “and we just need to not get ahead of ourselves and look toward right now.”