Women's tennis labors

Campus Times
April 18, 1997

by Scott Harvey
Assistant Sports Editor


Swinging through a season with many ups and downs, the University of La Verne women's tennis team geared up for the SCIAC Championships with an important match-up against Whittier last Saturday.

"If we juggle our line-up and come in with a whole new attitude we might be able to come in fifth or sixth place in the tournament. What we will try to do is to reflect on the past meetings with SCIAC teams and draw from those experiences," said head coach Erin Hendricks.

Although the Leopards came out strong against Whittier, La Verne managed to win only one singles and one doubles match and lost to the Poets, 7-2.

"There were a lot of factors in our loss to Whittier, they did have a good team, but we should have won," Hendricks said of the match.

The Poets' top player, Amanda Shellcross, proved to be the biggest challenge for La Verne. She won in straight sets over senior Tiffany Hall, 6-3, 6-2.

Senior Catherine Padilla also had trouble catching her opponent Pam Lentz as she went down, 6-2, 6-0. Tracy MacArthur kept her match close in the second set, but went down to the Poet's Shefali Desai, 6-1, 6-3.

Juniors Emily Judd and Tracy Huigens also struggled against Whittier, although Judd lost 6-3, 6-3. Huigens lost, 6-2, 6-2.

Things turned around for La Verne. Candice Valdenaire dominated her singles match winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

The only points La Verne received in doubles came from Huigens and Valdernaire as they rallied over the Poet's team of Jackson and Swisher, 6-4, 6-0.

The team is last in SCIAC (2-10, 0-7).

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