Despite 5-8 season, the men win the MIAA consolation match 5-4
The men and womens’ seasons winds down and the women win their final match
The women pick up their first conference win of the year
Men defeat Emporia, Missouri Valley, as women fall to both
Men’s and women’s tennis lose at first home match
It has been five months since the Bulldogs have hit the courts, but the lack of play didn’t stop the team from winning this weekend at the Principia College tennis tournament.
The women went 23-10 in their tournament matches and had three women and two doubles teams who went undefeated. Freshmen Hannah Runez, Tess Severin and Savannah Everett won all their matches, and the duo of Severin and Everett went undefeated in doubles. All three women never dropped a set en route to a combined 7-0 record.
Severin said the team had a difficult time preparing for the tournament because of the weather and the team’s practice conditions in Pershing Arena. She said the key to success for her this weekend was taking each point one at a time without thinking about the score.
“Since it has been so cold and snowy, the team has been practicing on the all-purpose courts in Pershing, and we only get to practice a few times a week,” Severin said. “My mindset was to give this tournament my best effort, and not get too discouraged.”
Severin said the team had to get back into a rhythm because it was the first tournament they had played since the fall. She said the team’s cohesiveness was a crucial part of the success, and owed it to the fact that they had been consistently practicing since the fall season ended.
“I felt a little bit of rust simply because it had been a while since I had hit on an actual tennis court,” Everett said. “The girls are very close and really supportive of each other. Everyone on the team wants to be there and contribute.”
The women finished 7-5 against host school Principia College, taking three of the four doubles matches and going 4-4 in eight singles matches. During the next matchup, Truman bounced back from its losses against Principia to take all 11 matches against Missouri Baptist University.
The Bulldogs then faced off against future GLVC opponent McKendree University during a match that posed possible future conference success implications. The Bulldogs continued their momentum of the weekend, winning 6-5. Everett said the team wasn’t specifically focused on McKendree during the weekend, but it was a nice confidence boost for the season when they topped the Bearcats.
“[We play] every team with the same effort, regardless of if they are in our conference or not, but McKendree was a good win.” Severin said. “Hopefully such an exciting start will give us the confidence to play great during the rest of our season as well.”
Senior Lauren Higgins and sophomore Kelsey Porter also finished 3-0 as a doubles team and each went 2-1 in singles.
A large part of the women’s success this weekend stems from the doubles brackets, with the team racking up a 64-25 record in games played during the weekend. The ’Dogs finished 16-7 in singles matches, with the three freshmen accounting for almost half of the team’s victories.
The Principia College Invitational was the first test for the young Bulldog roster this spring season, and the ’Dogs’ first home match of the season was slated to be Wednesday but was cancelled due to weather.
The team will return to action Saturday as they take on the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats in Bolivar, Mo.
The Bulldogs’ next home match is March 19 when they square off against MIAA newcomer Lindenwood University at the Truman Tennis Courts.
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The men open up their season this upcoming weekend in Grinnell, Iowa
Sophomore Kelsey Porter balances her time on the tennis court with her time in her ROTC uniform
Womens volleyball sweeps Bearcats The Bulldogs volleyball team traveled to Bolivar, Mo. on Saturday to face the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats. Following a 2-3 loss at the hands of Washburn University on Friday night, the ’Dogs swept the Bearcats in three sets, winning 25-23, 25-23 and 25-21 to bring Truman to an 8-3 overall record [...]