By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
The women’s tennis team traveled to Ft. Worth to compete in the Texas Christian University Invitational last weekend. The Wildcats played well against some tough Division I teams, said tennis coach Hutton Jones.
“TCU was the dominant team, but other than that we were right there with Texas Tech and North Texas,” Jones said.
Kristen Chumley turned out to be the top Wildcat player on the weekend.
Chumley was undefeated in singles, with wins over Tarleton State, Sam Houston State and Texas Tech players. In her final match, Chumley topped a Tech player with scores of 6-1, 6-3.
“This tournament had some tough teams, but it also had teams we could beat,” Chumley said.
In fall tournament play, the players compete individually in separated divisions known as “flights.” The flights divide up players so everyone gets a chance to compete against other players with similar skills.
Other highlights from this weekend’s play included Colleen Reynolds’ win over Kristin Beedy of UNT, Summer Beesley’s appearance in the finals against TCU and Lauren Yarbrough’s victories over TCU and Texas Tech.
“In singles, I was real proud because I couldn’t tell who was winning or losing by just looking at our players. That is a good sign of an emotionally tough team,” Jones said.
The TCU Invitational is the last women’s tournament before the Omni Regional tournament on the weekend of Oct. 3. Jones said the TCU and Arkansas tournaments were platforms to get quality matches in before the regional tournament.
“I feel like we have learned some things early this season that we’ll do better as the season goes on,” Jones said. “For example, we were too low-energy in doubles. We can’t compete at a high level against good teams without high-energy. But we’ve made some good strides to improve on heading into regionals.”