This past weekend, Lawrence University’s women’s tennis team fell short 9-0 in their matches against St. Norbert’s College, who is standing number three in the Midwest Conference. Lawrence’s team sits eighth in the standings with a record of two wins and five losses in the conference, but four wins and seven losses overall. Senior Annie Harincar fell to Meg Witt of St. Norbert 6-4, 6-3 in the singles competition, while senior El Goblirsch and freshman Morgan Fisher fell 8-4 to St. Norbert’s Sofie Koppmann and Hannah Swajanen. Although this match was a defeat for the team, they are still working to better themselves throughout practices and are working hard to make sure they keep up with their training in preparation for the final matches of the season.
“The season started out rough, but we have played much better as things have progressed,” said Coach Steven Francour when looking forward to the next three matches against Beloit College, Lake Forest College and Lakeland University. Lawrence played well against St. Norbert’s, but it was still a big challenge for them in the end. Their best match of the year so far was played against University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point when they were down. Lawrence’s team ended up pulling through in the end with four wins in the singles matches. In their next matches, the goal is to continue what they have been doing for the entire season: improve.
“We strive to get better with each practice and match,” said Coach Francour. “We want to continue to work hard and be committed to getting better each day. With that mantra, success will come.” The matches for the coming weekend will be challenging for the team, but if they focus and work hard, they will be able to succeed and put a few more matches under their belt in the build-up for conference.
Looking forward to the final matches of the season, Lawrence University’s women’s tennis team has three matches before Conference starts up. Two of the matches will occur at home on Saturday, October 6, against Beloit College and Lake Forest College. Matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. for the match against Beloit and at 3:00 p.m. for the match against Lake Forest. The last match will be a non-conference game against Lakeland University at home on Wednesday, October 10, starting at 4:30 p.m. Support for the tennis team would be a great way to rally them on into the final part of the season.