Women’s tennis suffers loss in home opener

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.

Hangstefer

Hangstefer

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.

Sophomore Emily Kerr sets a forehand return in her singles match against Weber State's Beauvais, Dominique. Kerr lost in the tie breaker finishing the match 6-3, 4-6, (11-9) at the Regency Athletic Complex on Mar 05. Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez • bsanch36@msudenver.edu

Sophomore Emily Kerr sets a forehand return in her singles match against Weber State’s Beauvais, Dominique. Kerr lost in the tie breaker finishing the match 6-3, 4-6, (11-9) at the Regency Athletic Complex on Mar 05. Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez • bsanch36@msudenver.edu

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.

Author: Brandon Sanchez

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