By Ian Snowdeal
SPRINGFIELD —The Springfield College women’s tennis team earned its tenth win of the season following a dominant 8-1 victory over New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe, Emerson Lions (9-8). The victory pushed the Pride’s NEWMAC record to 3-3 and 10-4 overall on the season.
The win was needed for the team after losing two straight conference matches last week to Mount Holyoke and Wellesley.
Throughout the match, the weather played a huge factor. Wind speeds were above 10mph and affected many of the points decided into the matches.
“Today was really tough conditions, the windiest match we’ve played,” said graduate assistant Anna Woosley, “We told the girls to bring the energy and stay positive. They did a good job at controlling the things they could control.”
Head Coach Mike Louis added, “The wind is the greatest neutralizer and we stayed mentally tougher today.”
The Pride opened up the match sweeping doubles 3-0. No. 1 doubles Melissa Parrish and Juliette Piazza won 8-4 along with No. 2 doubles of Cara Freadman and Rielly Malz. No. 3 doubles Emily Etter and Rachel Ahlmeyer cruised to an 8-0 victory.
“They are playing better doubles, they’re playing Pride doubles,” said Coach Louis, “We are doing a much better job at this point.”
In singles, the women went 5-1 overall with their one loss coming in at No. 6 singles in a third match tiebreaker. Cara Freadman played the best match at No. 2 singles defeating her opponent 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets. No. 3 singles Emily Etter was also dominant in her match winning 6-1, 6-1.
The Pride will travel to MIT on Saturday for their final away match of the season before ending the regular season at home on Tuesday the 23rd for Senior night against Clark University.
Photo courtesy Jack Margaros