Archive for March 6th, 2009

06
Mar
09

Women visit MIT

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After a great trip to Florida and a strong week of practice, the women traveled to Boston to face MIT. The Engineers are one of the top teams in the Northeast region and have the third ranked female in the region as well. The Cats knew this would be a tough test but were looking forward to getting back to D3 competition. Although we entered the MIT bubble as the visitors on Saturday morning, we still had strong support from several parents and alums, which always makes us feel more comfortable when away from Bates.

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We started off with doubles, Caryn and Alex at #1, Erika and Brooke at #2, and Meg and Jean at #3. While our #1 and #3 teams fought hard after getting down early, Brooke and Erika were able to get up a break at the beginning of the match against their opponents. Continuing to play aggressive and confident doubles, they were able to get us our first point. Even though we lost two of the doubles matches, all the teams did exactly what we had practiced on during the week. Each pair played the ball cross court until they could put it away through the middle and the net man constantly moved their feet in hopes of crossing to volley the ball away.

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The first four singles matches went on after the doubles, with Caryn playing very well against her tough opponent. She had the lead in the second set, but her opponent picked up her level of play and was able to find a way to pull out the match. Alex at #2 was striking the ball well but ran into a girl who was in top form and was just never able to get anything going until late in the match. Meg played the best tennis of her short season, but couldn’t find a way to get past the strong defensive lobs of her opponent. Brooke, playing at #4, showed true determination to do whatever it took to frustrate her opponent through a long 3 set match. After losing the first set, she dominated with short chips and great variety in the second. In the third set, where conditioning and mental strength play a huge part in winning and losing, Brooke was ready for the moment and got the Cats’ their second point of the match. Erika and Jean, who had to wait over an hour to get on court, competed hard even though the team match had already been decided shortly after they started. It’s not always easy to stay motivated, but both played as if their outcome decided whether the team won or lost.serve

 

The Cats were able to quickly smile again after the loss, as it was time to celebrate Meg’s birthday. Meg’s parents were nice enough to bring lunch and cake for the team, which was happily accepted after a 4 hour match. Even though it’s never fun to lose, the team was able to learn a lot from the MIT match. Everyone is already playing much better than they were in fall. We were in every match against a solid team, and if we can find a way to win a few more points at big moments, the match could have been different. The women are excited to get back on the court for practice this week in preparation for the first home match on Saturday against Mt. Holyoke.

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