HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Adrian College women's tennis team had something to build on after a very challenging spring trip saw them go 1-2 and now stand at 7-4 overall.
The ladies played an extremely talented Catholic University squad on Monday and lost 8-1. Freshman Arielle Williams and senior Jordenne Ferenczi picked up the lone win at No. 1 doubles.
"The ladies ran into a tough team in Catholic University on the first day," explained head coach Adam Albertsen. "Being outdoors for the first time always takes a little getting used to, and by playing our singles matches first I think we started feeling comfortable a little too late. Going into the spring break we were looking at a few different doubles lineup options and it was good to see them on the courts finally. Arielle and Jordenne had an extremely impressive win at the top doubles spot to help leave with a little momentum from the day."
On Tuesday it was the Bulldogs dropping a 7-2 match to Westminster (Pa.). Williams had the highlighted match at No. 1 singles winning 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 11-9 in exciting fashion. Morgan Spencer and Justine Hanson picked up a point at No. 2 doubles for their first win together in commanding fashion, 8-3.
"Westminster has had a strong women's program and I felt we really settled in on the second day and played a great match," said Albertsen. "We lost 7-2, but the match seemed very competitive and I like how our girls upped their game when they played a talented team. Arielle picked up a nice win at No. 1 and Jordyn Grant lost a close one in a tremendous match at No. 5 singles."
The last match of the trip on Wednesday left a good memory as the team pounded St. John Fisher by the final of 8-1. Spencer and Williams had fans on the edge of their seats with thrilling matches in singles. Adrian swept all six singles points to grab their seventh win during the school year.
"The ladies capped off their trip with a great team win against St. John Fisher," replied Albertsen. "Everyone on the team stepped up and played at a very high level. It was great for them to finish off the trip with some momentum to carry into spring season. Morgan Spencer came out victorious in a tight match and never gave in. I have to give a lot of credit to the girls, after facing some very tough competition the first two days they kept their heads up and raised their game to leave with a victory. This trip was great for the girls. We got to see our new doubles lineups in action and competed against some very strong competition. I look forward to seeing this young team grow and continue to build off this trip."
The next match for the women's tennis team is at Central State on March 27.