After falling to Fort Hays State last season, Missouri Western tennis scored a redemption victory over the Tigers for their 10th win of on the season this past Saturday.
Western (10-6) defeated Fort Hays 6-3. The Griffons have now doubled their win count from last year as they old have five wins in 2016-2017.
Coach Shawn Becker emphasizes the fact that this team is the same team as last season.
“When we entered the MIAA schedule this year, it was the same faces that we had at the end of the year last year,,” Becker said. “Knowing we put that behind us, we’re in complete control of our own story. That’s the position we want to be in and that’s the position we are in. We’re reaping the benefits of believing in ourselves right now.”
Western two-out-of-three of their doubles matches thanks to the pairings of Karolina Strom-Joanna Abreu Roman and Sofia Aguilera-Federica Salmaso. Western would jump out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to these pair of duo’s victories.
The Griffons then won four-out-of-six of the singles matches played with Strom picking up her team-leading 12th victory of the season in the opening bout. Abreu Roman then picked up her 10th win of the season in the following match.
Sofia Aguilera extended her singles winning streak to five matches as she defeated Lauren Lindell, who had beaten Aguilera last season. Aguilera’s victory clinched the victory for Western.
“Beating someone that I lost to last year reminds that I’m still improving,” Aguilera said. “All the hard work actually pays off. What I’m doing is working and I need to keep doing it. I thought I had beaten this girl last year, so I went into court knowing that I could win. Turns out, when I get out if the court, my coach tells me that she beat me last year and I didn’t remember.”
Emilee Dent also picked up singles win, which turned out to be her first ever conference win. Dent says she also lost to this girl last season and is happy to see how much she is improving.
“Winning my first conference match was an incredible feeling,” Dent said. “It’s awesome that I can see all the hard work I’m putting in pay off. Considering I beat her this year means I am improving and it gives me motivation to keep working and seeing what other goals I can achieve through tennis.”
Western plays at Southwest Baptist today at 2 p.m at Bolivar, Missouri .