Women’s tennis dominates Blue Devils, halted versus Blugolds

Evan Moris, Sports Editor

The UW Oshkosh women’s tennis team competed in two matches this past week. The Titans picked up a victory 6-3 on Friday, Oct. 12 versus UW-Stout. The following day, the women’s tennis team fell to UW-Eau Claire 0-9.

Friday, Oct. 12 versus UW-Stout

Alyssa Leffler and Michelle Spicer led the team with a combined three points on Friday to help propel the Titans to three out of the team’s six total points.

Leffler and Spicer joined forces to win their doubles match 8-2, then went solo and won their singles matches. In No. 1 singles, Leffler won 6-0, 6-0 over UW-Stout’s Linsey Thisius as Spicer in No. 3 singles beat Kennedy Kleist 6-0, 7-5.

Hannah Peters and Ireland Slattery also added points to UWO’s victory. Peters defeated Annie Sandry 6-1, 6-3 in No. 2 singles while Slattery won against Elizabeth Wahlquist 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles.

In No. 3 doubles, Taylor Johnson and Ashlee Polena earned the final team points as the duo beat the Blue Devils’ Kayla Chamberlain and Mariah Kent 8-6.

Saturday. Oct. 13 versus UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire proved to be a tall task last Saturday as the team failed to score a single point. Head coach Robert Henshaw said the Blugolds had the upper hand Saturday proving to be the difference against the Blugolds.

“Eau Claire is a tough team, and we were missing two players who are typically in our top six,” Henshaw said. “We needed them in order to make things a bit more competitive.”

The Titans were only able to get three total points in doubles out of a possible 27.

The best result versus the superior Blugolds opponents came from Monica Micoliczyk as she was able to compete in her No. 4 singles against Blugold Hanna Zevenbergen, where she lost 6-4, 6-4. In No. 2 singles, Peters was able to put up a fight against Emily Cooper but was defeated 6-2, 6-3.

The Titans will gear up for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament this Saturday and Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Henshaw said he will be satisfied if the team plays hard and places in the top half against the fellow WIAC opponents.

“The ultimate goal of the WIAC Championship is to finish in the top four,” Henshaw said. “The ladies on our team have made great improvements over the course of their respective collegiate careers. They have really distanced themselves from the players and teams who finished the regular season below us in the standings.”