The Abilene Christian women’s tennis team finished up in Memphis with a strong third and final day. The team went 5-0 on the day, finishing third place by sophomores Kaysie Hermsdorf and Nada Marjanovic. Three of their teammates finished seventh.
Kaysie Hermsdorf defeated Jenny Borck of Lipscomb to post a 2-1 record for the weekend. Nada Marjanovic also beat Lipscomb in her draw.
Hermsdorf had some long matches but stayed competitive throughout.
“Overall, I competed very well, the competition was really good and I stayed with each person, even through the long matches,” said Hermsdorf. “The one match I lost could have gone either way but was a fun match to play.”
Senior Emily Conrad came back from a set down to claim her victory over Claire Mulyadi of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Also finishing seventh, Micah Hermsdorf defeated Alyssa Hibberd from Memphis for her only win of the tournament, while freshman Erin Walker beat Lorena Djukovic from Lipscomb.
“I thought I was playing very strong. I was very happy about how I was ending the fall season,” Conrad said. “This past tournament in Memphis was a tournament filled with tough teams, so I really felt like I was pushed mentally and physically.”
The first season in Div. I would be considered a success due to the competitive spirit of this tennis squad. Hermsdorf said she was confident with the way she competed against tougher competition was happy with the production on the court.
“When it came down to it, I was happy with how I played this fall. Being our first semester in Div. I, it was difficult to see how the competition would be. It was definitely a lot harder but I love the competition. Each match I played, win or lose, I felt I could compete on their level,” says Hermsdorf.
Now begins the offseason, preparing the players to focus on the areas that need improvement and to get in the right shape for the spring season.
“I am looking forward to working on improving my game so I can be ready to go for the spring season,” said Conrad. “I am also looking forward to getting stronger and faster in offseason.”
The Wildcats will be back on the court in the spring.