A final match was also a bittersweet one for five seniors on the Springfield College women’s tennis team. Tuesday, the Pride rounded out their last home fall match as they took on the Lyons of Mt. Holyoke. It was also the last home match wearing the uniform of the Pride for seniors Sam Carney, Amy Buttarazzi, Siana Green, Vanessa Senecal and Erin Woodbury.
“I felt both happy and sad, because I was very happy with the four years I played here at Springfield, but it’s also sad that it’s over,” said senior Woodbury.
The Pride lost the hard-fought match against Mt. Holyoke, 7-2.
The two victories for the Pride on Tuesday came from senior captain Green at No. 2 singles and senior Woodbury at No. 3 singles. Green came out on top, winning her close match 6-4, 6-4. Woodbury took hers at 6-3, 6-4. At No. 1 singles, Carney lost a tough match, 2-1 in a tiebreaker.
The Pride had a tough match in the doubles play against the Lyons. Both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles lost by a score of 8-5, and No. 3 doubles lost 8-2.
“We had a really great and excellent turnout with families and fans on Senior Day, and it was also great seeing the boys come out and support the women,” said coach Toby Coffin.
“It was very bittersweet to play in the last match, but it was also very exciting, because it’s over. It’s a great feeling to know that we did it.” said Buttarrazi.
As part of a tradition, there was a pre-match ceremony on Tuesday. The five seniors were introduced and had pictures taken with their parents. The seniors also received flowers along with a gift. This year’s gift was a wooden racquet placed on top of a brick with the name of the senior.
The Pride will finish their dual-match season on Saturday at Wellesley. The match starts at 1 p.m.
Upcoming Match Schedule
Oct. 20 at Wellesley
Oct. 27 at NEWMAC Championships