Women’s looks strong against Division I opponents

Ryne Prinz

On Friday, April 10, the Titans squared off against the Division I UW-Green Bay Phoenix at the Oshkosh YMCA Tennis Center. Oshkosh fell to Green Bay 7-0, but the team was very pleased with how they matched up with a Division 1 team, according to senior Llora Waldman. “UWGB was a very tough opponent. I think we played well against them but ultimately fell short,” Waldman said. Many of the sets were quite close and coach Daniel Bickett said he was pleased with how his team maintained its competitiveness against a strong opponent. He said although they did not win a set, the doubles teams played very well in all of their matches. The Titans were without seniors Erica Van Riper and Hannah Bostwick throughout the entire weekend. This meant freshman Hannah Nauth and sophomore Jessica Stark were thrust into the lineup. Considering its incomplete roster and the fact that they were playing a DI opponent, the team was not entirely displeased with their performance. The Titans faced the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors on April 11. The outcome of this match was far more different. Oshkosh won in dominating fashion, beating Wisconsin Lutheran 7-0. Out of the 12 total sets that were played against Wisconsin Lutheran, Oshkosh shut them out in five of them. The Titans also did not drop any of their sets. Bickett said he attributes the team’s success to mental aspects of its game. He said, “I think we did a really good job of playing smart.” He said Nauth exemplified smart play. She played at the No. 5 singles position, and won her sets 6-1 and 6-0. Freshmen Jessica DeGroot and Waldman also played well at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots, respectively. DeGroot won her sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-0. She said she was able to perform as such because she “kept the ball in play and played her game”. Waldman won both of her sets by a score of 6-0. DeGroot and Waldman also played on the No. 1 doubles team, which won 8-1. The No. 2 doubles team of Paige Ganser and Bailey Sagen won 8-0. The Titans travel to Madison to play Edgewood College and North Park University (Ill.) on Sunday, April 19.