Tennis has 50-50 weekend

Jenna Statz, Sports Reporter

Winona State University women’s tennis team continued their 2020 season this past weekend by traveling to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and taking on Augustana University and University of Sioux Falls.

Prior to taking the courts this weekend, senior Kendra Kappes talked a little about their goals for the weekend.

“Our team has set several goals for ourselves this season. First and for most, we want to make it to the conference championship at the end of the season,” Kappes said. “Another big goal of ours is to continue to maintain a strong GPA.”

The team started their weekend off on Saturday, Feb. 15 as they battled Augustana University. The Warriors fell short of a win by a final score of 6-1.

For doubles, sophomore Beth Murman and senior Kaisey Skibba started off the evening falling to a score of 6-1. Kappes and first-year Rachel Kelly united together for a 6-1 victory and wrapping up the doubles matches was senior Tayla Card and junior Rina Niehoff losing 6-2 finish.

Playing at singles was Murman who went for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win.  All other singles players could not come up with wins on Saturday night, as they all finished their games in 2 sets.

Returning to the courts Sunday, Feb. 16 the Warriors left off right where they started last weekend as they took on University of Sioux Falls beating them 7-0.

Once again, the doubles teams took care of business sweeping the Cougars and then continued dominating as they moved into singles matchups sweeping the competition.

Skibba and Murman started things off for Winona State as they took a 6-4 victory in their doubles matchup. Kappes and Kelly added another win for the team as the won 6-2. Finishing things off in the doubles matchups was Niehoff and Card, who outlasted their competition 6-1.

Winona State had six team members posting wins on Sunday morning including, Murman, Kappes, Skibba, Kelly, Card and Niehoff in the singles competition.

Kappes said there are a lot of things to be excited for this season.

“There are lots of things to look forward to the rest of the season such as our spring break trip to Florida. I’m also looking forward to playing the top teams in our conference to really put our skills to the test,” Kappes said. “We can continue to grow as a team by supporting and cheering each other on, whether it’s on or off the court.”

The Warrior tennis team will be returning back to their home courts to take on University of Mary and Minnesota State University Moorhead on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m.

 

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