It was a cold, cloudy day as the Leopards took on Salisbury University, fighting their way through the match, but ending the day with an 8-1 loss at the Claremont Club last Thursday.
With one person missing from the team and Tarika Krishnamurthy suffering an injury during her doubles match, head coach Yolanda Duron had to make some last minute changes to La Verne’s lineup.
“Our lineup is different today, but the girls supported each other immensely,” Duron said. “I am really proud on how they committed. We will use this to build up to conference.”
Salisbury won all three doubles matches and five of the six singles matches. Allison Moncrief finished the day with the Leopards’ only win in her singles match with a score of 6-4, 6-1.
“I thought I played really well, we really learned a lot from today,” Moncrief said.
Despite the tough loss, the Leopards took it in a positive way, as they were happy with how they played as a team since they had to make so many changes with their lineup.
“Even though the score doesn’t show it, we played well and this will be good for the future,” freshman Justine Ledesma said.
“This is the best we have played as a team,” freshman Valerie Lezin said.
The Leopards have a record of four wins and six losses before they head into their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches.
Their second SCIAC match is today at 2:30 p.m. against Redlands at the Claremont Club.
The SCIAC Championships are April 22 and April 23, hosted by Caltech.
Cheryl Regan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.