MSU Denver women’s tennis was defeated by Weber State University in the first home match of the season March 4.
The 7-2 loss dropped the Roadrunners to 4-7 overall while Weber State improved to 3-8 on the season.
Sophomores Emily Kerr and Courtney Wright teamed up in the No. 1 doubles, notching an 8-5 victory. In singles, Wright came away with a win by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
Kerr came up just shy in the No. 2 singles, falling 6-3, 6-4, 11-9.
Head coach Daniel Hangstefer and Kerr weighed in with a question and answer on the match.
The Met: How did you feel today’s matches went?
Hangstefer: I felt like we competed really well. We didn’t come out with the ‘W’ but I felt like we put ourselves in a situation to win and if we can do that I think we will do fine as the season goes on.
The Met: What was the team’s mindset before the matchup? How did you keep them upbeat throughout the match?
Hangstefer: The biggest thing that we talked about was to look at this match as reason to go out and prove ourselves and I think that the ladies did a very good job embracing that. They embraced today as an opportunity again, we competed really well because they embraced that.
The Met: How did you feel today’s match went?
Kerr: I was going up and down a bit but I think when I get into it, I play better. I just need to work on pressure moments but apart from that I think it was good.
The Met: Did the match change your approach to your opponent?
Kerr: I realized after the first set just to just try and relax a bit and just get into it instead of just thinking about the outcome and that helped a lot. Then things seemed to go a bit wrong in the tiebreaker.
The Met: Were there any challenges that you had throughout the match?
Kerr: Just playing better under pressure and using the pressure to make me play better. But apart from that I think we were pretty even and I think if I could have relaxed more.