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Griffons hope to improve against Lopers

The Griffon Women’s tennis team grabbed its first MIAA win of the season in a 6-3 victory over Lindenwood.

The Griffons are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in MIAA play, already matching last season’s MIAA win total and the overall win total from a season ago. The Griffons take on 10-2 Nebraska-Kearney Thursday at 2 p.m.

Nebraska-Kearney has been consistent in wins the past few seasons, but the Griffons have certainly put themselves in a position to beat them.

The Griffons plan to come in with the same confidence and preparations as they would any other team.

“We prepare the same way no matter what the teams record is,” Ceara Boldridge, senior, said. “We can’t let a 10-2 record scare us.”

Boldridge went 6-3, 6-0 in singles and 8-5 in doubles. She believes that confidence played a big part in the ways she played.

“I personally have more confidence in doubles match, and if I keep the confidence, that will help me get better and better; confidence is what I struggled with in doubles match,” Boldridge said.

The Griffons haven’t had much success against Kearney, but coach Chris Canady and his team know it’s going to take a lot more effort to come out with a win.

“It’s always hard in tennis to know anything about any team because we can’t do much scouting or anything, but based on their record and some of their wins they’re definitely one of the better teams in our conference, so it’s going to be a tough match… but we don’t really have any mutual opponents so it’s hard to see where we gage, but they’re definitely a good team,” Canady said.

Canady also hopes that his team will find a way to keep building after both wins and losses.

“I feel like they kind of took it easy a little bit, so hopefully this will fire something more and give us a little more confidence going into this week,” Canady said.

As the Griffons continue to show improvement, Kayla Dysart, senior, will make sure they approach each game with the same confidence, energy and mentality.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Dysart said.

Dysart and Denise Chiao were down in doubles 7-1 and came back and won that match.

Canady says she is one of the players that does well most of the time, but to see her come back from 7-1 was really impressive and he hopes to see her continue to improve.

“She played in singles against a girl she has never beat before and beat her 6-2, 6-1, so she really stepped up, which is really good cause she struggled against Rockhurst and it’s good to see her bounce back against Lindenwood like that,” Canady said.

The Griffons understand that this game against Nebraska-Kearney will be a tough battle, but playing at home should help add some excitement to this game.

“We think we’ll probably have a good amount of people to come and watch, and that helps us play better,” Boldridge said.

Dysart believes her team is playing really well right now.

“Nebraska-Kearney is a team that continues to grow,” Dysart said. “But, I think everyone’s out there trying their hardest; even when we lose we always fight as hard as we can, so we hope to carry that into this game.”

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