Women's Tennis - Fri, Mar. 30, 2012
Georgetown College women's
tennis team has battled through injuries and youthfulness this season. The
Tigers are 4-11, but 2-2 in conference play and are coming off one of their
better matches all season.
"The score may indicate one thing
when you look at it, but once you dig deeper a brighter picture can be seen,"
said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Indiana Wesleyan is 15-0 this season with
some 9-0 victories against teams ranked in the Top 25."
Georgetown came out of this
past weekend's match with a 7-2 loss to the Wildcats and were close in a couple
of games that could have had the score 5-4. Shelby Eden took her opponent to a
third set tiebreaker before losing her singles match, and top doubles team of
Kaitlyn Thompson and Emily Krick lost 9-7 having match points leading 7-6.
"It was a great match,"
Cunningham said. "We also had Jacqueline Otis, who has been consistently our
three seed, have her first victory at the number two spot."
Otis has been one of the
first-year coach's brighter spots. Her current record is 12-3 and at one point
she was on pace to break Cunningham's single-season, match-win record at
"She is a third-generation
Georgetown College student," the coach said. "Her grandfather played basketball
here and then her father, John Otis, played for Coach (Bill) Cronin's men's
tennis team that won the KIAC in 1984.
"She's a very good player and
some people might overlook her, but she's just a competitor. She buckles down
and wins, and wins a lot."
Otis reeled off six wins, three
in the fall and three in the spring, before suffering her first singles loss to
Lindsey Wilson's Slavica Milanovic. The Blue Raider is an NAIA All-American
following her 14-5 record this past season at the No. 2 and 3 seed.
"Jacqueline has been a real joy
to coach and have on the team," Cunningham said.
Unfortunately, injuries have
continued to hamper the Tigers. Juniors Haley Hart, foot, and Thompson, wrist
and knee, along with sophomore Shelby Eden, shoulder, have had to limit action or
play different roles then Cunningham would have liked to see this season.
Hart, who coupled with Natalie
Hill this past fall, was runner-up in the ITA Regional tournament - losing to
LWC's top doubles pair. Hill and Hart were ranked 10th nationally coming out of
that event. However, Hart's injury has limited her mobility and style for the
"It's very unfortunate and
difficult, but she's a true competitor," Cunningham said. "She had to sit out
for a while and now she is coming back and finding anyway she can help the
team. It is certainly not what we planned or hoped for to begin with, but that
is part of athletics."
Thompson has been riddled with
injures most of her college career. She has continuously fought back and at
times had to be limited to just playing doubles.
"We are young and where we
aren't young we are injured," Cunningham said. "But through it all, I see them
learning and coming together and that is what is important. To see how we
fought and played against Wesleyan was amazing. I'm so proud of what they are
"It isn't always about the wins
The Tigers host Mid-South Conference foe University of Virginia College at
Wise Saturday. Match time is 1 pm.