Griffon tennis (6-3) officially passes their total amount of matches won from last year as they defeated Missouri Valley (1-1) last Saturday.
After having their trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, canceled last week, Missouri Western took advantage of playing on their home court at Genesis Health Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. The Griffons defeated Missouri Valley 8-1, their most dominant win all season.
Freshman Bojana Vuksan won both her number one singles and number one doubles matches this weekend. This win pushes Vuksan’s singles record to 6-1 now, tied for second best on the team with sophomore Karolina Ström. Vuksan and her team may be disappointed with not playing last weekend, but that wasn’t about to affect their play.
“We were pretty upset as a team that the matches got canceled, but we can’t change the weather conditions,” Vuksan said. “We stayed focused on the next match against Missouri Valley, and we knew we had to bring it. It would have been nice picking up a couple of wins, but cancellations happen. We trained that week as if we were playing matches in preparation for Missouri Valley, and we dominated. We are ready and excited to show what we can do in the coming week in Florida.”
After not winning a number three doubles match in a whole year, the sophomore pairing of Emilee Dent and Federica Salmaso have now picked up the number three doubles spot its second win of the season. Salmaso is happy with how she and Dent have been progressing as a duo.
“I feel like getting two wins in a row at number three doubles gave Emilee and I a boost of confidence,” Salmaso said. “I think that we’re improving match by match and we’re trying to work on our weaknesses together. We still have things to work on, but we’re doing our best to work on them during practice.”
Western won every match against Missouri Valley except Dent’s number six single’s match.
With MIAA play set to start, senior Sofia Aguilera Tovar is more than ready to start competing against conference rivals.
“We are eager to start MIAA conference play,” Aguilera Tovar said. “It’s what we are working for. All of the matches that we have had so far are preparing us for conference matches. I couldn’t be more proud of the performance we have had so far, and I can’t wait to see how well we will do this season.”
The Griffons travel to Orlando, Florida, on March 4 for a string of matches against Minnesota State, Saginaw Valley State and St. Cloud State.