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The fall was very successful, albeit shorter than what first-year men's and women's tennis coach Jessica Cunningham may have wanted. But, the Georgetown College alum was very pleased with her teams' performances including going deep in the ITA Regional Tournament.
Haley Hart and Natalie Hill advanced all the way to the finals in doubles, earning them a No. 10 ranking in the east region heading into the spring. They defeated teams from Bethel and Milligan and teammates Emily Krick and Jacqueline Otis on their way to the finals before meeting up with a pair from Lindsey Wilson.
"It is exciting to see how well we did," Cunningham said. "We have the talent. I think almost everyone won at least one match that weekend in singles or doubles and most of our Tigers had great success."
Otis and the men's Benjamin Aspillaga advanced to the quarterfinals of the main draw singles event. In Otis' trip to the quarters, she lost only one game winning 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0.
Hart and Hill beat a pair from Bethel 8-2, then fellow Tiger teammates Krick and Otis 8-0. In the semifinals they outlasted the team from Milligan 9-8 (9).
Aspillaga won the first match in straight sets, but had to battle back from a first set loss in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals.
"We have a busy spring planned, which I think our players
are exciting about," Cunningham said. "Last year was rough, some of the focus
of tennis was lost, but everyone came ready to get back on track this year and
the fall was a great start. I wish we could have had a few more matches, but it
was enough to get us out and playing again. We will be ready come spring time."