Tennis grabs third seed in regular season finale

Tennis grabs third seed in regular season finale

Lauren Lott, Sports Reporter

Winona State University’s women’s tennis team wrapped up their regular season this past weekend with two victories at home over Bemidji State University and University of Minnesota Crookston.

Winona State entered this final weekend of regular season play with a record of 7-7, 6-3 NSIC, putting them in a tie for fourth place in conference standings.

The Warriors were up for a challenging first match against Bemidji, as they were only one game behind the Warriors in the conference standings entering Saturday’s match.

The Warriors defeated the Beavers 6-1 on Saturday evening.

Going into the match, junior Tayla Card had three straight wins at singles No. 4 and led the Warriors with a 9-5 overall record. In this win, Card improved to 10-5 overall this season with her fourth straight singles win.

Junior Kaisey Skibba, Winona State’s returning All-Conference selection, trailed right behind Card going into the weekend with a record of 8-6 at singles No. 3. Skibba battled for a 5-7, 6-4, 10-6 win.

The Warriors’ No. 1 team of first-year player Beth Murman and Skibba went into the weekend with a record of 10-4 on the court, 6-3 against NSIC opponents, despite this being the first year they played together. They started off the match with a 1-0 doubles win along with Card and junior Kendra Kappes. This improved the top duo of Murman and Skibba to 11-4 on the year and 7-3 NSIC. This recorded the third straight doubles win for Card and Kappes as well.

First-year Faith Young also assisted in the win as she rallied for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Sunday, the Warriors swept University of Minnesota Crookston with a 7-0 victory in their final match of the regular season.

The Warriors recorded clean 6-0 wins across the board in all three doubles matches to secure the opening team point. No. 1 Murman and Skibba proved to be impressive again as they improved to a record of 12-4 with their win. No. 2 Card and Kappes were successful in getting their fourth straight doubles win while No. 3 first-years Brooke Holloway and Young were successful as a team together for the first time this season.

At singles No. 3 and 4, Skibba and Card both recorded 6-0 victories in this match as well. Card finished the regular season with a team best 11-5 record.

Holloway and first-year Mya Lubben also both had 6-0 triumphs in their first singles action of the year.

This improved Winona State’s regular season record to 9-7, 8-3 NSIC and secured them in the three seed for the upcoming postseason tournament on April 13-14 in Minnetonka, Minnesota.