Sports

Crucial matches ahead for the Gophers Tennis

Sasha Walsh
Staff Writer

The spring season of Gopher tennis is in full swing. As the weather heats up, Goucher athletes take to the courts for a chance to contend for a title within Division III’s Landmark Conference.

After their 6th straight conference match loss, the men’s tennis team is looking a little worse for the wear. The Mighty Male Gophers have been bested by Susquehanna, Drew, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Catholic this season, but not without some close matches and strong performances. David Spivey ‘14 and Nick Pelensky ‘15  both dominated in their respective singles matches against Susquehanna. Against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Goucher Athletics reports that “Goucher nearly made a miraculous comeback, but winning four of the six singles matches still left the Gophers a point short.” Outside of conference matches the men’s team has found success in a suspense-filled triumph over Stevenson and soundly crushed Bryn Athyn.

Fortunately the women’s tennis has found greater success in their spring season and after a match last weekend holds a record of 2-3 for conference matches. Despite an early loss to Susquehanna, Ariel Lin ‘15, Alexandra Walsh ‘15 and Addie Maxwell ‘13 all bested the Crusaders in their respective singles matches.  A high point of the season thus far was earned when Goucher managed to put an end to Drew College’s undefeated record in conference play this season with a score of 6-3. Although the Gophers were beat by Catholic 6-3, Lin continued to dominate in singles by out-playing opponent Ritmarie Holde. Women’s tennis had an especially impressive win against Juniata last weekend. One of the highlights of the match was  Lin’s 6-1, 6-1, singles win which was her 11th straight victory this season. This ties her with Betsy Weingarten’s 1986-1987 record for greatest number of singles victories in a season by a female tennis player.

Coach Sally Baum says of her team’s season, “We started off slow 0-2 (lost 2 close 4-5 matches) in the conference but have since turned things around.  The next 2 weeks are crucial and will tell whether or not we make the playoffs.  I am pleased with how we have reacted to the close losses and I like the determination and work ethic I see from the team at this point.  Time will tell….”

Walsh echoes her coaches enthusiasm saying,  “So far we have had a great season. We played Susquehanna and Catholic tight even though we lost.”

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