The Guilfordian

Women’s Tennis

It is fair to say that the women’s tennis team had a failed season this year in terms of record and returning athletes. Optimistically, the team has a wide opportunity to improve upon their 1-14 finish this year. However, they will need to recruit hard in order to bounce back from this season. Of their eight players, they will lose three to graduation.

They will need to look to their statistical leaders to become team leaders. Sophomore Katie Claggett led the team with 10 combined wins, six in singles and four in doubles.

Guilford earned their win a shutout victory over crosstown Greensboro College to open the season, 9-0. Pairs Claggett and senior Leigh Fishman and senior Makayla McLaurin and junior Chandler MacDonald led the way with two 8-1 doubles match wins.

But the streak would end there for the team as a whole, getting shutout in four Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchups, and only garnering single match wins in three instances. They concluded the season with a 5-2 loss against Virginia Wesleyan.

What the Quakers showed was an ability to work together in a game generally thought to be a stronger individual sport. For six players, they earned the same or more wins in doubles matches than they did in singles. It will be interesting to see what direction head coach Dave McCain takes the program next year.