Tennis season ends in rain
By Gary Smith
September 7, 2013
Griffon tennis will finish the season 6-16 overall and 2-9 in MIAA play, ending the season in eleventh place in the conference.
With the season ending on cancelation due to rain in Baldwin, Kansas at Baker University the Griffons couldn’t end the season with a win.The matchup was canceled and will not be rescheduled.
The Griffons conference wins were against Lindenwood and a dominating shutout victory against Lincoln 9-0.
There were four games canceled this season due to inclement weather.
Ceara Boldridge led the Griffons with an 11-11 overall singles record while freshman Denise Chiao and Lindsay Beger each won seven matches in singles. In doubles competition Kayla Dysart and Alyssa Dougan had the most success going 6-7.
“This year we have played lots of tough competition,” Chiao said. “Now we know how to compete after we progressed throughout the season it’s a great feeling.”
Kelly Cochran went undefeated in singles going 2-0 on the season.
“This season has been a learning experience for most of us with the majority of the team being freshman,” Cochran said. ”Personally I feel like my play has been getting better and this year we all have got our nerves out playing college matches,” Dysart said. ”I started out this season not very confident but progressing throughout the season my confidence grew. I improved hitting with different varieties of people. Everyone has realized what it takes to be successful in match play and to succeed in this conference.”
Dougan said, “Coming up next we are going to be better because this year we had to make adjustments being such a young team.”
Next year the Griffons will return all eight of their players for the season. The Griffons weren’t able to make the MIAA tournament this year but they were able to obtain a better record than they had the year before, both overall and MIAA. Last year the team went 4-12 overall 1-6 MIAA match play.
“Keeping the entire team next year we should be better with experience,” Coach Ron Selkirk said. ”We group up throughout the season having a chance to win most of our matches.”
Beger expects the team to have more success due to experience next season.
“I hope next year everybody will have their footing set into playing into the division II level,” Beger said. ”This season I was nervous coming into the college level and getting my feet into the water but I warmed up to it and settled down throughout the season.”