SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College women’s tennis team dominated on Senior Night against Clark University, 9-0, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference play at Appleton Courts on Tuesday.
The women will lose two seniors this year in Emily Etter and Melissa Parrish. Both have been on the team since their freshman year and have had successful careers at Springfield.
“I can’t say enough about them,” said first year head coach Mike Louis, “The way that they carry themselves and the way they represent the values of our team and Springfield College, they’ve been tremendous.”
Etter finished the season with a 9-4 record at No. 3 singles and an 8-4 record in doubles play. Parrish finished her Senior season with a 3-10 record at No. 1 singles and an 8-7 record in doubles play.
Both Etter and Parrish were dominant in their final matches at Appleton Court. The two both won their matches in straight sets and only lost a combined five games in their matches.
The seniors were not only great players but they were great leaders for the team. Coach Louis said, “I’m sad that it’s their senior year, but glad they were our seniors for this year, because of the way they carried themselves and led the way for the group.”
The Pride won its 11th match of the season and finished with an overall record of 11-5 and 4-4 in NEWMAC play.
The women will travel to Wellesley Saturday afternoon in a No. 6 vs No. 3 matchup. Earlier this season the Pride were swept 9-0 at Wellesley and will look to redeem themselves on Saturday.
Coach Louis is excited about the Pride’s chances in the NEWMAC playoffs.
“We’re in the playoffs, anything can happen.”
Photo courtesy Jack Margaros