The Maryville College Women’s Tennis Team faced off against the Lagrange College Panthers over Spring Break on March 26 in their first home match of the season. The Scots fell to the Panthers 9-0 on home court, in the second match against Lagrange of the season, this time for conference play.
The women took to the courts for doubles play at 11:00 p.m. on that sunny spring morning. LaGrange took an early lead using the doubles to their advantage by taking all three courts. At no. 1 doubles, Jenna Eppes and Elizabeth Knott (LCW) defeated Savannah Bain and Carter Dickinson (MC) 8-0. At No. 3 doubles, Jia Lee and Carli Jones (LC) defeated McKennah Francis and Joyce Coling (MC) 8-3.
At no. 2 doubles, Liz Minick and Denney Meigs (LC) defeated Katie Stephens and Tessa Wilcox (MC) 8-3. The senior doubles team was down 7-1 in their doubles match, and were the last two on the court for the first round of competition.
They didn’t give up and changed their game into an Australian style strategy for the remainder of the game. The pair began to come back, winning the next two games and bringing the score to 7-3. They paid continued to fight for a comeback, but lost the next game ending the game at 8-3.
“The score was looking grim, but we went to coach and said ‘What can we do?’” said Wilcox. “We kept a comeback spirit, and even though we didn’t win this match, that mindset will bring us success later this season.”
The Lady Scots continued into singles play losing all six courts to the Panthers. One of the most exciting matches for the women’s team was that of no. 6 Coling who lost 6-3, 6-0. Coling, a first year player and junior from Brazil, had not played competitive tennis until the fall of 2016. However, through hard work and focusing on consistency, Coling has become a great asset to the team.
“My first year on the team has been great! I believe I’m improving throughout the season!” said Coling, “Yesterday’s match was not easy and even though I lost, it was one of the best matches I’ve played.”
The MC women were scheduled to play Huntingdon College on March 26, but the game was post-poned due to weather. The women will resume match play at home on Thursday, March 29 against Brewton-Parker College.