Women's tennis loses at Hofstra

By Alex Wagner

Assistant Sports Editor

The women’s tennis team dropped its match at Hofstra 6-1 on Saturday.

Five out of the seven Bison playing were first-years, which means that many of the players are still adjusting their games to the collegiate level.

“It’s a match we should have won, one of the easiest on our schedule this year,” head coach Rebecca Helt said. “We won’t go through the season making excuses.”

The brightest spot for the Orange and Blue in this humbling match was Jen Bush ’15, who earned her first victory of the season. She beat Bianca Derrick 6-0, 6-4 to give the Bison their only victory of the day.

“This weekend’s match against Hofstra was a very good learning experience for our team. The outcome of the matches is not a true reflection of how well our team is capable of doing, and we are all excited to keep improving,” Bush said.

Although the Bison dropped all three doubles matches, Lauren Boone ’15 and Lydia Colvin ’15 came the closest to victory. After an intense match that saw many momentum shifts, Boone and Colvin fell 9-8 to their opponents.

“Initially, we were playing really well; we stuck to our game plan, which was to be aggressive by finishing the points quickly at the net. However, we ultimately lost the match in a tie-break mainly because we lost focus and started to play tentatively,” Boone said.

Despite the temporary setback, things are looking up for the future.

“We have the talent, perhaps more depth than we’ve had in a long time, but we have to get tougher and shake the nerves if we are going to have a successful season,” Helt said.

The Bison look to bounce back quickly this weekend in Olean, N.Y. as they will play Niagara on Friday, St. Bonaventure on Saturday and Duquesne on Sunday.


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