Women’s tennis serves two wins in conference

Jaclyn Millin, Staff Writer

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The Allegheny College women’s tennis team won both its matches Saturday, April 16, against the College of Wooster 8-1 and Sunday April 17, against Westminster College 8-1.

“That gives you an idea how tough the conference is and then we beat them 8-1,” said Head Coach Jared Luteran. “Those are big matches for us.”

Westminster College is outside of the Gators’ conference. But those wins still count towards their overall record for the season. These matches reflect how the teams overcame several losses this season.

“We knew that Wooster was excited to play us and hungry for wins; we’ve beat them the past few years,” said Kirstie Oravec, ’16.

The Gators worked together throughout the weekend.

“Except for one loss, most players won singles and doubles,” said Luteran. “It’s hard to single anyone out when they all did really well. It was a true team effort all around.”

The Gators swept six single matches on Saturday and Sunday, with only two losses, one to Wooster and one to Westminster.

“We all had a great weekend,” Oravec said. “We all fought hard for our wins, a lot of us had close matches and battled until the end.”

The wins last weekend have built up more excitement for the remainder of the season.

“It’s the perfect way to lead into our senior night this weekend and hopefully we’ll be able to keep the momentum going,” said Heidi Mueller, ’19.

Prior to Saturday’s match, the men’s and women’s tennis team will honor their seniors and alumni. Seniors will be introduced, alumni will return for the match and Luteran will talk about each of their careers as tennis players and their future plans.

“It’s cool because alumni get to feel like they are a part of the team again,” said Luteran.

The team will be celebrating with pop and pizza for those who attend the match on Saturday. The coaches and players encourage those who can to attend and support seniors and alumni.

Following a weekend of wins, the team takes on Oberlin College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and Denison University at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 in Meadville.

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