Thu, Sep. 8, 2011 - [Women's Tennis]
Learning on the job as a young student-athlete in the lineup and growing as a team are paramount in the early parts of any team's season. Both are true of the 2011 Loras College women's tennis team.
With six matches in the books over the first seven days of competition the team is sitting at 1-5.
Sarah Alt, Caroline Rainey, and Carly Villano own Loras' three official singles wins – along with a couple of other Duhawks who have won via defaults or forfeits.
In the season opener, Ale Ruales earned Loras' win by forfeit in an 8-1 loss to the Buccaneers in Wisconsin. Loras chipped away at each of the three doubles matchs, winning four, two, and four games respectively.
Mother Nature forced Loras' home opening doubleheader against Wartburg and UW-Eau Claire indoors. She also forced the teams to play only to the mathematically necessary points in each match.
Caroline Rainey and Carly Villano took a few games from their opponents at #5 and #2 singles against Wartburg. Ale Ruales and Rachel Weglarz took three at #1 doubles, but the Knights con 6-0.
The Duhawks' best effort against Eau Claire came at #2 doubles where Rainey and Est Mungai dropped their match 8-5.
The matches against Wartburg and Eau Claire marked the first indoor games played on the Loras College campus. The Duhawks fought Mother Nature with the newly renovated Graber Sports Center – which included a new surface more suitable for tennis match.
The next doubleheader sent the Duhawks to the Quad cities to face the Augustana Vikings and Millikin Big Blue on September 5th.
The Vikings dropped the Duhawks 9-0. Sarah Alt forced a tiebreak after taking the second set 6-2, but fell in a heartbreaker 10-8.
The first win of the year came against the Millikin Big Blue on the neutral courts Augustana provided. Six of the nine matches were played, with the Duhawks earning three automatic wins at #5 and #6 singles – as well as #3 doubles.
Of the matches that played out, Loras went 5-1. Caroline Rainey cruised to a 6-0/6-1 win at #4. Carly Villano handled #2 singles to the tune of 6-2/6-0. Sarah Alt used to tiebreak to win at #3 singles. After struggling out of the gate, Alt won the second set 6-2 and the tiebreak 10-8. Ruales dropped her #1 singles match, 6-4/6-2.
In doubles, Ruales teamed with Rachel Weglarz to win 8-5. Est Mungai and Caroline Rainey had their hands full at #2 doubles, needing the tiebreak to get the win there, 9-8 (8-6).
Most recently, the Duhawks took to the road and dropped a 9-0 contest with Luther College in Decorah. Ruales battled to a tough 6-3/6-3 loss at #1. Est Mungai took a set at #6 singles, but dropped the tiebreaker 10-2. Ruales and Rachel Weglarz again teamed for a solid performance at #1 doubles, but fell 8-5. Every doubles team won at least three games on the day.
Loras will be in action on three consecutive days this weekend when they host UW-Stevens Point and a trio of IIAC foes – Simpson, Central, and Coe on Saturday and Sunday.