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 Washburn’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. Western’s No. 3 player Penno also played terrific in her singles match against Courtney Walther, but lost 6-3, 6-4. Western’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 individual development.

 “I 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,” Adams said.

She also feels that the team is coming along in its play.

“I think that we are improving. We have changed some doubles teams around and that seems to be working better for us,” Adams said.

As the season winds down, we will be eagerly waiting to see how much more the Griffons tennis team will improve.    

 

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