Returning with a forehand, Lacey Wiles played a tough doubles match with her partner Nicole Harden April 12 at Bonita High School. The Occidental Tigers beat the Leopards with a score of 8-1. With a current record of 4-14, the Leopards are scheduled to begin the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships this weekend.
The La Verne women’s tennis team suffered a defeat April 12 after a hard fought battle against the Occidental Tigers giving the Leopards their fifth straight loss.
The women played a rough set of matches last Saturday morning at Bonita High School.
With a final score of 8-1, the team’s record now stands at a 3-4 in conference and 4-14 overall, with the end of the season approaching quickly.
“Everyone played really hard. The matches were very long and very close,” Harden said.
Starting the morning off with three doubles matches, none of the teams came out on top.
The pair of Nicole Harden and Rebecca Rodriguez finished with an 8-1 loss.
While Rodriguez and Harden had a hard loss, the other two teams managed to only lose by an 8-6 margin, after two long and close matches.
Both matches started out with the Tigers taking a one point lead.
From there, each set was matched by the Leopards.
Unfortunately, they were never able to score the extra point to catch up to the Tigers.
The women continued to play hard, but were just short catching up.
In both her singles matches, senior Jennifer Schiller fell short in a 6-3 defeat against the Tigers.
“Our numbers didn’t prove how hard we worked on the court,” Schiller said. “We played really hard and were motivated to do well.”
Even though Occidental defeated La Verne, all of the matches were very close.
“It was a tough match,” senior Lacey Wiles said.
“We matched up really close and really well. The score wasn’t indicative of how close the math really was.”
“They played better than we thought they would,” Schiller said.
Today and tomorrow ULV will head to Redlands to face off at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
This will be followed up by the Ojai Tournament in Ventura on April 24-26.
With certain players returning to the courts, the women hope to redeem themselves and finish their season with some more wins on the board.
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