Tennis team falls to Truman

The 1-6 Missouri Western tennis team hoped to end their four game losing streak, but couldn’t pull out the win as they faced the 4-3 Truman State Bulldogs on Tuesday, Mar. 30 in St. Joseph, Mo. The sun was shining and the temperature was ideal as the Griffons battled to get a much needed win out of the match-up. An obstacle that contributed to the Griffons 8-1 loss, though, was the heavy winds. Head coach Ron Selkirk knew that wind would be a factor for his team, but wasn’t about to use that as an excuse for the results of the matches. “It’s been pretty windy, but it’s been windy on both sides of the court,” Selkirk said. “I thought our girls would adjust a little bit better.” Taking away the wind factor, facing a team as good as Truman State was going to be no easy task due to Truman being one of the top teams in the conference. [caption id="attachment_2987" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Laura Kukuc receives a serve from a Truman player during Western’s match last week. The Griffons lost 3-4. Photo | Sara Baum"][/caption] No matter what Western threw at the Bulldogs, they always had an answer. Truman allowed only one win in the singles competition by Western junior Sarah Hatten as she defeated Kirstyn Sampias of Truman State 6-2 and 6-1. “Sarah Hatten played extremely well and she’s playing well in her singles match-ups,” Selkirk said. Hatten’s senior team mate Dominique Leone was proud that her fellow Griffon could pull out a win. “She’s been a strong hold in the team,” Leone said. For the rest of the team, however, a win wouldn’t be in sight for the Griffons. Sophomore Alecia Jenkins tried her best, but fell short in her match 6-1 and 6-0. “I think they played really consistent, and I played inconsistent,” Jenkins said. Western also fell to Lincoln University in Bolivar, Mo. on April 3. The team pulled out one win in the singles category by Junior Sarah Hatten and one win in the doubles category by Nicole Kerr and Kayla Daughtery. The Griffons also played another conference match in Bolivar and lost to Southwest Baptist 0-9. Southwest Baptist is currently one of the top teams in the conference. After these disappointing matches, the Griffons are now at 1-9 and 0-4 in the conference. Their next matchup will be with the Washburn Lady Blues on April 9 in St. Joseph, Mo.

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