The women’s tennis team scored a 6-3 victory over No. 21 ranked University of Mary Washington on Tuesday at the Claremont Club.
This is the fourth nationally ranked team that La Verne has beaten this season. The Leopards also remain undefeated, extending their six-game win streak.
“The team’s really motivated,” head coach Yolanda Duron said. “My goal is for them to learn and get better at what they do.”
Sophomore Andrea Madrigal and freshman Bridget Etchegaray had a great feat during their doubles match, earning a blowout win of 8-0.
Etchegaray fell in her singles match against sophomore Mackenzie Smith.
Smith won in three sets by a score of 6-4, 5-7, and 6-0.
Madrigal also defeated senior Lindsay Raulston in her singles match in two sets, with a score of 6-2 and 6-4.
Madrigal has yet to lose a singles match all season.
Senior Jeanette Losaria and junior Laina Matsuda also won their doubles match with a score of 8-4.
Losaria, a kinesiology major, overcame her nerves to get back in the groove of her game.
She said she hopes to have a winning record throughout the season and to make it to nationals in doubles.
As the team continues down the road of success, Losaria wants to see her teammates beat Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands in the weeks to come.
Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands are right behind the Leopards in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Losaria also defeated sophomore Shelby Harris in three sets in her singles match.
She lost the first set, 6-4, but came back with a win in the second and third set, 6-3, 7-6.
Matsuda was also successful in her singles match, defeating sophomore Christina Gaul, 7-6, 6-0.
Freshman Lauren Torres had an unfortunate loss of 8-5 with doubles partner, senior Allison Moncrief.
Moncrief also lost her singles match in two sets by a tally of 6-3 and 6-2 to junior Alexandra Ritter of Mary Washington.
“The matches went well,” said Torres said. “I felt very strong in my game and mentally.”
Challenged to stay patient, Torres highlighted being pumped up by the crowds cheering.
Sophomore Megan Soucy defeated sophomore Alina Suyama in three sets.
Although she lost the first set, 7-5, she pushed through, coming out with the win in the second set with a score of 7-5 and another win in the third set with a score of 6-2.
This is Soucy’s second singles victory.
With the season off to a great start, Duron hopes to see the team place in the top three of the SCIAC. Last year La Verne finished fourth.
She also hopes to place in top five in the region and top 20 in the nation.
“They’re fun to coach,” Duron said.
She said the team continues to get better as it has played nationally ranked teams.
For Duron, the most rewarding part of coaching a great team is seeing the women progress not only on the court, but also as a person.
Already achieving a desired goal, the team has been recently ranked No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, jumping from No. 28, which was announced earlier this week.
“The season is going well,” Torres said. “Being undefeated is always nice.”
The tennis team will have their next match against No. 11 Washington University-St. Louis at 2 p.m. on March 10 at the Claremont Club.
The Leopards will be looking for their fifth win against a ranked opponent this season.
After hosting a series of non-conference matches La Verne will resume SCIAC play at 2 p.m. on March 28 at Whittier.
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