Tennis | John Ellis

Karolina Strom dropped both her doubles and her singles against #19 Southwest Baptist

Griffon tennis couldn’t pull off the upset this weekend.

After Saturday’s home match versus McKendree was cancelled, the Griffons traveled to Bolivar for a match against No. 19 Southwest Baptist where they fell 7-0.

Head coach Olaya Garrido-Rivas said that while the team didn’t get the results they wanted, they kept competing and will benefit from the weekend.

“We saw an improvement in all three doubles teams,” Garrido-Rivas said.  “There’s lots of things for us to learn from this.”

Playing against three of the top 20 players in the conference, the match proved to be quite the learning experience for the young Griffons. The pair of Karolina Strom and Claudia Iglesias fell 6-2, while Mireia Birosta and Ariella Curci lost 6-3. Nicole Donnelly and Isabella Macgibbon were able to pull off a 6-4 victory in No. 3 doubles.

Singles did not go the Griffons' way. Southwest Baptist took all six singles matches, the closest match being Iglesias’ 6-4, 6-4 loss in No. 3 singles.

Curci said that the team never lost their positive spirit despite the tough results.

“We cheer for each other and try to do our best as a team,” Curci said. “I see a lot of improvement from the first match.”

The loss continued a tough history against Southwest Baptist. The Bearcats have taken all 10 matches against the Griffons, the first one taking place in 2012.

The Griffons will have the chance to rebound this upcoming weekend. They return home Saturday for a match up with Maryville before hitting the road Sunday to take on Rockhurst.

Garrido-Rivas believes that their mindset going into each match will dictate their results this week.

“We can beat them, but if we let them believe they can beat us, they’re going to,” Garrido-Rivas said. “We can’t let them get a feel in the first couple of games.”

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