MACOMB, Ill. - The Fighting Leatherneck women's tennis team finished play at the 7th Annual Hinds-Kellogg Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 6).
"I think we are an improved team from last year," said third-year head coach Chris Kane. "It was a good start for us."
Those improvements were evident over the weekend. The Leathernecks were able to have the number four doubles pairing of Jessica Theobald and Morgan Woodfill be a championship finalist, as opposed to none last year.
Holly Conlin was able to snag a third place finish at number four singles, compared to none last year. The Leathernecks were also able to come up with three other semi-finalists in singles play. Ese Davis was one of those semi-finalists at number five singles and then Jessica Callahan at number six singles.
"One player who stood out to me was our transfer player, Elana Berdichevsky. I liked the free points she earned off her serve. More importantly, her hustle and desire to win was obvious," coach Kane said.
Berdichevsky was the fourth semi-final appearance for Western at number two singles.
"The Hinds-Kellogg is a great warmup for us leading up to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships at the University of Illinois in about two weeks," said coach. "There are no average players in that tournament, so we'll surely be tested. But, for today, I'm proud of the efforts of our WIU young ladies."
The Leathernecks will next be in action Thursday, October 18th for the ITA Midwest Regional in Champaign, Illinois. That event runs through Sunday, October 21.