The determined women of the Missouri Western tennis team were busy this week, having played a four game stretch at home which ended Saturday against Minnesota State- Mankato.
Western opened the stretch of matches on April 1, against the 26th ranked Washburn Lady Blues. Although the Griffons gave a valiant effort, they ultimately lost, 9-0, Tuesday afternoon.
With freshman Dominique Leone out for the season with an injury, the Griffons had to make some adjustments in their line-up. Lindsey Frisbie was bumped up to No. 2 doubles to play with Shelby Penno. The duo played hard, but fell to Washburnâ€™s Lauren Harris and Rachel Stevens by a score of 8-4. Penno was also moved up to play No. 3 singles, but lost 6-3, 6-1 to Audrie Miller. Freshman Laura Kokuc got her first action of her young career as a Griffon, playing No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. She would fall short, 6-1, 6-1 to Lauren Harris in singles play.
The next match which was played on April 3 pitted the Griffons against the undefeated Truman State Bulldogs. Western would end up losing the match, 8-1.
The veterans of the team, Kristy Pechous and Shelby Penno, who were paired up in No. 1 doubles for the first time this season went out and smashed Lindsy Blair and Courtney Walther of Truman State by the score of 8-4. The senior, Pechous, would elevate her play in No. 1 singles winning the first game of her match 7-5 over Jennifer Salmon. Salmon responded winning the next two games of the match by scores of 6-4 and 10-8. Westernâ€™s No. 3 player Penno also played terrific in her singles match against Courtney Walther, but lost 6-3, 6-4. Westernâ€™s No. 2 player Laura Rutten, fell to Lindsy Blair by scores of 6-3, 6-3.
Even with the Griffons recent shortcomings, a vast improvement is being seen in the play of the players and the team, on a weekly basis. Sophomore Amber Adams is a testament to her own individualÂ development.
Â â€œI feel that the experience I have gained this season is valuable. I do feel like I can do better and that the more I play the better I will become,â€ Adams said.
She also feels that the team is coming along in its play.
â€œI think that we are improving. We have changed some doubles teams around and that seems to be working better for us,â€ Adams said.
As the season winds down, we will be eagerly waiting to see how much more the Griffons tennis team will improve.Â Â Â Â