Women's tennis labors
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).