Story by Sarah Combs, Staff writer
The Murray State women’s tennis team took the outside court for the first time this year over the weekend, defeating Arkansas State 4-1.
The Racers didn’t have much time to practice for the factors of an outside match, because of the weather, but that didn’t stop them from defeating the Wolves. This earned the doubles point and clinched the victory in singles.
“There are a lot more factors that come into play with playing outside,” said freshman Haily Morgan from Anthem, Arizona. “It just takes away some of the speed and confidence behind your game.”
This is the first time Head Coach Jorge Caetano said he feels like his team maintained their composure and remained in control of the match the whole time.
Junior from Hamburg, Germany, Alina Schibol opened the singles with a win, defeating her opponent 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore from Esbjerg, Denmark, Amina Hadzik followed Schibol, winning her match 6-1, 6-3.
Morgan played a big role in the Racers’ success. Although she was battling illness, she was still able to conserve her energy and wrap up the singles for the Racers. Morgan won her No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-2 and closed the beacon of hope for Arkansas State.
“She knew she was sick and could not waste any energy,” Caetano said. “She was composed the entire time. She is just tough.”
Even though the team was battling sickness, they rallied together and count on one another to pull out another match win. Morgan said their ability to support each other was the deciding factor of the match.
“I think the big part of the win for us was the team being supportive,” Morgan said. “Just having the support we all gave each other was the reason we won.”
The Racers match Lipscomb at 2 p.m. on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee, and return home to take their home court for the first time this season at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday against Wright State at the Bernie Purcell Tennis Courts.