The Griffon tennis team fought gusty winds on Saturday afternoon as they battled Lincoln University in MIAA match play. Western won its second straight match and third out of their last four after defeating the Lincoln Tigers 9-0, improving their record to 6-13 and 2-8 in MIAA play with the victory.
“The wind today wasn’t steady and it was gusting so you feel like you have a handle on your shots with the wind but its hard to manage and be consistent,” Griffon Women’s Tennis Coach Ron Selkirk said. “I was glad the girls weren’t too cautious and just let the game flow, learning how to manage the elements. It’s just the matter of being patient.”
The match started off with doubles action and the Griffons soared, getting three points with No. 1 Meara Smith and Denise Chiao getting an 8-3 victory.
No. 2 Kayla Dysart and Alyssa Dougan paired up to defeat Kamaria Braye and Ashley Rolling 8-1.
“Everybody is figuring it out and hitting their stride,” sophomore Kayla Dysart said.
Ceara Boldridge and Jody Goers defeated Gabrielle Quine and Jasmine Daniel 8-4 in the No. 3 doubles.
“I think we started off slow but once we got into the groove we started to play better,” freshman Jody Goers said. “The wind was really affecting the balls we were hitting but when we are on our game and believe in ourselves, I feel like we can play with any of the other schools.”
With singles action, the Griffons’ Denise Chiao made quick of her opponent, defeating Gober 6-1, 6-0.
“In doubles, I felt like me and Meara gelled pretty well,” freshman Denise Chiao said. “I had to really adjust to wind starting off. I feel like our whole entire team is getting mentally tough and positive in every match. “
In No. 2 singles, Kayla Dysart defeated Braye 6-2, 6-0.
“The wind definintly wasn’t a fun thing to play with but soon as I settled down, I felt like I played pretty well,” sophomore Kayla Dysart said.
Meara Smith pulled out a win against Katrevich in No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-2 and Boldridge rolled over Roling 6-1, 6-1. Lindsay Beger won over Quinn 6-4, 6-2 and Alyssa Dougan started off slow but finished her match in a fury over Daniel 6-4, 6-0.
With this win, the Griffons dropped the Tigers to 1-8 overall and 0-8 MIAA match play.
“Coming in today, I feel like we’ve definetly been playing better and playing with confidence,” Selkirk said.
The Griffons’ next matchup is against the William Jewell Cardinals in St. Joseph, Mo. Match play is set to start at 2:00 pm.