University of the South shut out the University of La Verne women’s tennis team 0-9, March 12 at the Nancy Blickenstaff Tennis Pavilion in La Verne.
University of the South, from Tennessee, is home to the Tigers, who came out to challenge six schools in the L.A. area.
The Leopards were in good spirits and preparing to play a competitive match.
“The women’s team is solid, I’m expecting this to be a tough match,” head coach Brian Harrison said.
The Leopards have had a few minor setbacks due to the rain and injuries. The weather has been great and everyone seems to be well.
“Everyone is healthy and well now so it should be a good match,” junior Lindsey Nitta said.
Unfortunately, the Leopards health did not help achieve the win and the Leopards were swept 0-3 in the doubles matches. Senior Lacy Cascadden and sophomore Jessica Baker lost 3-8 at the No. 1 spot. The two teams had a hard time getting their serves on target.
“We haven’t been doing that good in doubles lately,” Baker said.
Senior Michelle Tang and senior Michelle Fontanez also lost 0-8 at the No. 2 spot.
“We felt really good, I don’t know what happened,” Tang said.
Alisa Najaryan and Natasha Badkoubei gave the Tigers a run for their money at No. 3 but were ultimately defeated 4-7 in a competitive match.
Baker played at the No. 1 singles spot, pushing Cascadden to No. 2.
Baker’s opponent was Gaby Carvalho, a transfer from Virginia Poly, a Division I school.
“She pushed everyone in their line-up down so they were strong from top to bottom,” Harrison said.
Cascadden and Fontanez held their own and played a competitive match but could not pull it out for the win. On Friday the Leopards were also defeated 1-8 by Albion College from Michigan. Baker was the lone Leopard with a win at the No. 1 singles spot 7-6, 6-4.
La Verne is halfway through its season with a conference record of 0-2 and 1-6 overall.
“It’s been really hard to get into a rhythm this season because of the rain, but hopefully the rain has stopped and we can finish off the season strong,” she added.
“We finished really strong last year and I hope that we’ll be able to finish strong this year,” Cascadden said.
The next match for the Leopards is Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in La Verne against Colorado College.
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