Seniors need to lead team against MIAA opponents
Tennis at Missouri Western is on the rise with more experience, senior leadership and a new personality.
They were only 6-14 last year but look to have a better season with a full roster. The team had some of their best players quit last year, but this made the young and inexperienced players step in and play right away. The women hope last yearâ€™s experience equates to winning in the upcoming season.
â€œWe all want to go to regionals and have a good season,â€ Kristy Pechous said.
The tennis team definitely wants to improve on the season that it had last year, and no one from that team â€“ other than the two soccer players they needed to fill out a roster
last year â€“ will be back and ready to prove they can play tennis with the best teams in the country and the MIAA.
â€œWe need to build up strength and sustain it throughout the season, and weâ€™ll do fine,â€ said Laura Rutten, a sophomore for the womenâ€™s tennis team.
The women have been working hard to get ready for the season. They hope that their hard play pays off and victories come.
â€œWeâ€™ve been getting up at 6 a.m. to condition and to play against each other,â€ senior Tammy Liebersbach said. â€œHopefully, this gives us confidence that we can win and last year wonâ€™t be like thisÂ year.â€
The Griffon ladies can see that this yearâ€™s team is different from last yearâ€™s by knowing each other better. Sharing the struggles of last season makes the team push each
other every day.
The team will be led by three seniors this year: Mary Pankiewicz, Tammy Liebersbach and Audra Scopen. These players will need to step up for the Griffons to have a good season.
Tammy Liebersbach was the person that represented the tennis team for player of the year at Missouri Western and will need to have another great season for the Griffons
to have any chance in the MIAA.
The Griffons didnâ€™t win in the MIAA last year because it is one the hardest conferences in the nation for tennis.
â€œI think our first goal should be to win a conference game,â€ Liebersbach said. â€œImproving from last year is the No. 1 goal.â€
Liebersbach agrees that winning is the goal.
â€œI think the first step to having a great season is to having a winning record,â€ Tammy Liebersbach said.
The Griffons first home game is against Emporia State on March 16 at the Noyes Tennis Center.