The Missouri Western women’s tennis team (4-3) went 1-2 over the weekend as they began the spring portion of their season with Stoney Creek Invitational.
The ladies played at the Genesis Health Club in St. Joseph, Missouri, twice on Friday, Feb. 2, and then once Saturday, Feb. 3. On Friday, they would beat Truman State by a score of 5-2, but later that evening they would be beaten by Augustana 5-1. Western would also lose to Newman State 5-2 the next day to close out the tournament. Head coach Shawn Becker’s team may have gotten off to a hot start against Truman State with a sweep of the singles, but he was actually upset with that match more than anything.
“That was the match I was most disappointed about,” Becker said. “Our number two doubles were off the court super fast. Dent and Salamaso went down 8-6, and that put us down as a team 2-1 to a team we shouldn’t have been down against.”
Western would lose two-out-of three against Truman in the doubles, but would take the match thanks to a clean six to nothing sweep in the singles.
Next, Western would lose to Augustana, only winning one doubles match and two singles matches. Augustana had already won five matches out of the nine, so the other two wins for Western did not count since they happened after the fact.
Freshman Bojana Vuksan said she had nerves due to the long break in the season, but they were positive nerves.
“In the week leading up to the tournament, I knew I had to stay focused and determined on and off the court,” Vuksan said. “I was looking forward to this tournament because I knew there would be quality competition. Also, I was excited about getting back into the swing of things with my doubles partner Sofia Aguilera because we work well together. We have been trying to implement some changes to strengthen us as a team.”
Saturday, Western would end the invitational with a loss to Newman. While Western would score three singles wins, those wins do not count towards the overall match score due to Newman having already won five of nine. Newman sweeping the doubles was a big factor in their victory over Western.
Sofia Aguilera, senior, would go 2-4 of the weekend. Despite having to play in games that didn’t count since the match was already clinched, Aguilera didn’t let that affect her energy.
“We were really pumped for this weekend,” Aguilera said. “The team had so much energy, and if we keep that fire, we should be able to keep improving.”
For its next match, Western tennis will travel to Rockhurst University on Feb. 10, and play at 12:00 p.m.