The Griffons had a home stay this weekend, facing Washburn, Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State.
On Thursday, April 7, Western had a strong showing against the Ichabods in dual matches. In the No. 1 spot, Yasmine El Ghazi took her match 6-3, 7-6. Sarah Giraldo claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win in the No. 2 spot. Sofia Aguilera held down the No. 3 spot with 7-5, 6-0 victory. Joanna Abreu Roman had a big No. 4 spot victory, taking the match 6-2, 7-6. Abreu Roman would remain undefeated in dual matches.
The Griffons claimed wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 spot for doubles. Aguilera and El Ghazi took the No. 1 match 9-8, while Abreu Roman and Giraldo took the No. 2 match 8-6.
Overall, the Griffons defeated the Ichabods 6-3.
Head coach Shawn Becker understood the emotion that went into the victory for his squad.
“This past week was quite emotional for the ladies,” Becker said. “The Washburn match, anybody that was there saw what that match meant for both teams. Our character showed us the way through that match. It was a hotly contested match. Sportsmanship, line calls; there was a lot of questionable antics going on out there. It was nice to see that we kept our heads held high. We kept our emotions in check and we came out of that match.”
On Saturday, April 9, the Griffons lost a heartbreaker to the Bronchos.
Losing five of six in their dual matches, Abreu Roman was the only Griffon to come away victorious. She claimed the No. 4 spot with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Western wouldn’t gain any traction in the doubles matches either. All three Griffon duos were defeated.
Western fell to UCO 8-1.
“Saturday was much closer…we emptied our tank Saturday,” Becker said. “Doubles took the life out of us…Singles, the first three, three set losses. That was so hard for us. After that match, there were a lot of tears, but we spent ourselves out there.”
The Griffons rounded off the weekend with a match against No.16 Northeastern State on Sunday, April 10.
Western started off with an early two points, after the RiverHawks defaulted at No. 6 sinlges and No. 3 doubles matches. Unfortunately, those would be the only points the Griffons would make in the match.
NSU claimed all five singles matches, including a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 4 spot over Abreu Roman. It would be her first singles loss of the season.
NSU would also secure victories in both doubles spots, winning 8-3 and 8-2, respectively.
Feeling as if Saturday’s match wore them out before Sunday’s, Becker believes they missed opportunities.
“They [Northeastern] are No. 16 in the nation. They are a great team,” Becker said. “But we make them play in spots and we see where they’re vulnerable and we don’t make them play…6-0’s and 6-1’s happen because we don’t do enough in our capabilities and that’s what happened.”
The Griffons hit a two loss skid for the first time all season, falling to 8-4 overall and 3-4 in MIAA play.
Western will face off against Southwest Baptist on Friday, April 15 in Bolivar, Missouri. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.