WATERLOO, Iowa. - The Leatherneck women's tennis team battled the Panthers tough on Saturday (Mar. 2) in Waterloo, Iowa at the Black Hawk Tennis Club by a score of 5-2.
"I thought we played better against Northern Iowa. Some of our players are realizing that you must put the ball in the court consistantly, no matter how hard or easy you hit it, to have a chance to win," said third-year head coach Chris Kane. "Hitting it hard for two shots and missing the third overhitting gets you nowhere."
Kristen Havelka earned her first win of the season at number five singles against Trisha Hinke of Northern Iowa. Havelka won both sets by a convincing 6-2, 6-3 decision.
"Kristen played an excellent match today at number five singles. She was just a shade more consistent that her opponent and that was the difference," said Kane. "Her hustle on the court and coverage of the court were superb. Her effort was very impressive.
In other singles matches, Phoebe Walker defeated Yessenia Mejia 6-0, 6-0. Elana Berdichevsky fell to Chelsea Moore 6-0, 6-0. Megan Pazdernick faltered against Krissy Lankelma 6-0, 6-0 at the number three singles position. Number four singles saw Holly Conlin battle tough against Lindsay Cayton, but ended up falling 6-2, 6-4. Jessica Callahan won number six singles by forfeit.
"Holly always gives good effort, but today she made a concerted effort to not overhit and go for silly winners," said Kane. "She also improved greatly on hitting the center of her strings, eliminating many of the shanks which have plagued her this year. She hit twice as many balls in the court today as usual and if not for missing an easy volley at 4-4 in the second set, she might have taken the match."
In doubles action, the combo of Phoebe Walker/Krissy Lankelma outlasted Elana Berdichevsky and Megan Pazdernick 8-1. Yessenia Mejia and Holly Conlin fell to the pairing of Moore and Cayton 8-1. Finally, Jessica Theobald and Jessica Callahan won the number three doubles by forfeit.
The Leathernecks will next be in action on Thursday, March 14 in Kansas City, Missouri. It spans two days while they face Fort Wayne, Kansas City, Omaha, and South Dakota State.