The Mercyhurst University women’s tennis team was knocked out of the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference Tournament with their 5-1 loss to the Indiana (Pa.) Crimson Hawks on Wednesday, April 17. The quarterfinals defeat brings the Lakers’ record down to a still very impressive 14-4.
During the tournament, Laker’s doubles duo sophomore Sarah Baich and junior Caroline Bristol notched the only win for Mercyhurst University in doubles play.
“Sarah and I help each other out and work well together. We get along really well on the court and understand what is needed to succeed,” said Bristol.
“Our playing styles complement each other. We stay focused and know what shots to make at the right time. This has allowed us to be really successful this year.”
The loss last week was rough on the Lakers, but spirits are still high and hopes for next season are stronger than ever.
“It was a tough loss and I am very disappointed, yet proud. We all went out there and gave it 100 percent, but the other team gave 110 percent,” said Baich. “I can’t say we couldn’t beat them, because we definitely could and we will be looking forward to doing so next year.”
Bristol knows that, despite the defeat to the Crimson Hawks, the Lakers came out and tried their hardest. Only time will tell if the Lakers grab a qualifying spot in the upcoming NCAA Divison II Tournament.
“As a team, we lost against the Crimson Hawks in the quarterfinals. Individually, everyone played really hard and we were happy on how far we went this year, which will hopefully continue on in the NCAA Division II Tournament,” Bristol said.
Additionally, the Lakers remain ranked a spectacular fourth place in the Atlantic Region poll.
“It feels amazing to be ranked fourth. I couldn’t be more proud of my team and their dedication, not to mention our coach, who has helped us get to where we are,” said Baich.
“Without all of us working together and contributing our pieces, we wouldn’t be able to get here. I am truly blessed to be on such an amazing team and couldn’t be more proud of our ranking.”
“Being ranked fourth in the Atlantic Region makes me feel like our hard work has paid off,” said Bristol.
“It is nice to see the improvement from our ranking last year.”