Women’s tennis shows late season improvement

Smashing a return, senior Misha Kellogg competes at last week’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) tennis championships at the University of Redlands. / photo by Ary Farajollahi
Smashing a return, senior Misha Kellogg competes at last week’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) tennis championships at the University of Redlands. / photo by Ary Farajollahi

by Bridget M. Rohrer
Editorial Assistant

After a slow start that kept the women’s tennis team behind most of the season, the team finished sixth in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play.

Beating Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of the SCIAC Championships, the team headed into the second round warmed up to play Occidental. In the second round the La Verne women won, 4-2, in singles and lost, 1-2, in doubles, ending the day with a total score of 5-4.

“We could have done better this year,” said Wendy Zwissler, women’s tennis coach. “But it was hard when we didn’t have enough girls at the beginning of the season.”

Senior Misha Kellogg said that at the beginning of the season there were only three players on the team. A fourth member came on later and then three women who had never played decided to join the team as well.

Having never picked up a racket before this year’s season, newcomer Tiffany Hall proved to be a great player.

“I asked Wendy how to hit the ball when I first started,” said Hall. “I had a great time and look forward to playing next season as well.”

According to Zwissler, Hall did not have any problems hitting the ball in any of the matches that she played.

Men’s Tennis

The SCIAC championship games proved to be disappointing for the men. The men’s team finished seventh in the SCIAC tournament after losing to Whittier, 6-0.

The team was shut out in its first round match against Redlands.

Individual scores for the first round singles matches were: Xavier Unamun, 0-6, 0-6; Virgil Kim, 0-6, 0-6; Sergio Velazquez, 0-6, 2-6; Gary Chu, 1-6, 2-6; Arthur Mikaelian, 0-6, 2-6; and Aung Wun, 0-6, 0-6. There were no doubles matches.

In the seventh place match, the men fared better. However it was not enough to give anyone a win. The scores were: Unamun, 0-6, 3-6; Kim, 6-7, 1-6; Valezquez, 4-6, 1-6; Chu, 1-6, 4-6; Mikaelian, 0-6, 1-6 and Wun, 0-6, 0-6.

Bridget M. Rohrer, Editorial Assistant
Bridget M. Rohrer
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