Women's tennis begins quest for playoffs
The PUC women's tennis team began the spring part of their season against nationally ranked conference foe Robert Morris University on April 3. The Eagles emerged from the match victorious by a score of 9-0.
PUC came away with only two wins on the day. Juniors Felicia Deardorff and Dawn Jaranowski won No. 2 doubles for the women, while freshman Sarah Hojnicki won No. 2 singles. Other than that the match was all RMU.
"Though the scores didn't reflect it, there were a lot of competitive points played out there, and overall I was impressed with how the ladies played," Head Coach Tim Maluga said.
Although Robert Morris is always a tough match-up, PUC was also at a disadvantage, missing some of their top players.
"Since RMU is ranked in the top 25 in the nation and is probably the best team in our conference, we knew we were in for a tough match, especially since we were without two of our top five players," Maluga said.
Even with the absence of two players, PUC was able to do things well on the court and put out a strong effort.
"We were ready to have fun playing tennis," said Jaranowski. "Robert Morris was a very tough match, and as a team we played well."
PUC looks to build off of the fall half of their season in order to improve as a program.
"This team is much deeper than last spring's team," said Maluga.
After RMU, the women had to take on Judson University and they came into the match confident despite their loss earlier in the week.
"If we play at the same level as we did against RMU, and have our full lineup, it should be an extremely competitive match, where the key will be to win the big points," Maluga said before the match.
PUC hopes to carry the confidence they have early on this season all the way into the post-season.
"I expect us to move at least another notch or two up in the conference standings, and I would like to see us advance to at least the conference tournament semifinals," Maluga said.
Until then, the team would like to focus on playing tennis and enjoying their season.
"We want to continue to get better, win matches and have fun," said Jaranowski.
PUC takes the court again April 11, when they play a home match against Calumet College of St. Joseph in Merrillville.
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