Friday, June 9, 2023

Tennis Drops 2 in Double Header

Garrett Collins

Women’s tennis has ended a long road stretch in this early season that saw them face SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, and last weeked they faced their final two teams on the road trip. Those schools being St.Michaels and Hartwick College.

On Wednesday, September 8 2021 the Cardinals went up against St. Michael’s Purple knights looking to turn things around after losing to Cortland 7-2. Plattsburgh couldn’t quite hit the mark in the first two rounds of doubles, until the duo of senior Bri Miller and sophomore Jacquline Svantner were able to squeeze out a 6-4 victory over Annie Serkes and Sarah Knickerbocker. This was Miller’s third doubles win of the season, keeping her undefeated on doubles for the season. This was also Svantner’s third doubles win of the season,  keeping her record at undefeated for the season on doubles. After closing out doubles with a record of 1-2, Plattsburgh  once again only able to get one win during singles coming from first-year student Sophia Gottscall, who got her first singles win of the season against Sarah Knickerbocker in a two set sweep winning the first set with a close score of 7-5 but, made a statement in the second winning 6-1

Two days later Friday, Sept 10 2021 the Cardinals traveled to Oneonta to take on Hartwick College Hawks. Sophia Gottschall continued her undefeated ways, with an 8-4 victory with partner Bri Miller, who was able to add to her undefeated record as well, by adding a fourth win to her season total. Miller was also part of the winning combination with Svantner  Wednesday.

 By the end of doubles, the Cardinals were able to land two single wins by senior Sarah Hoffner, who split the first two sets with Victoria Wilson going up 6-4 in the first set. Her opponent struck back in the second, winning the second set 6-1. Hoffner, however, made sure to leave no doubt on would win the match by taking the third set 10-5. This is Hoffner’s second single win of the season. The second win of the single matches came from Bri Miller, who capped off her big week with another in two sets against Jess Sexton winning both sets 6-1.

After two disappointing trips on the road, the Cardinals aim to clean things up against Castleton University wednesday September 15.  This is Plattsburgh s home opener and hopefully with a change of scenery back to a familiar court might help the Cardinals add a number to the win side of the column.

“Honestly, both matches were pretty close skill-wise, but I think that connecting is crucial for a win”, said sophomore Nicole Svantner.

Hopefully, the practice pays off wednesday and the Cardinals can soar back to their winning ways.            

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