Women’s Tennis Takes on High Stakes

Maegen Martin, Staff Reporter

The Whitman Women’s tennis team concluded the Northwest Conference regular season with their fifth consecutive win this past weekend on Senior Day against Whitworth University. They ended the regular season with an 8-1 record (10-6 overall). Prior to this past weekend, the Blues matched up against the University of Puget Sound, where history went down. Junior Andrea Gu clinched her 100th victory, winning at doubles and singles.

With such an accomplishment, Gu describes it as a push toward greatness to finish the rest of her junior year strong.

It felt amazing to have achieved this my junior year, and will only motivate me to continue to work hard for the rest of the season as well as the next year,” said Gu.

As the regular season comes to an end for the Blues, there is a lot to look back upon but much more to look forward to. The women’s tennis team traveled to a variety of places, including China, and faced a few tough matches throughout their season. Their experiences have only been preparing them for what comes next.

Illustration by Nathaly Perez

First-year Audrey Grigore has been putting on a stellar performance throughout her debut this season. Grigore and sophomore Anastasiya Redkina defeated Whitworth in doubles this past weekend. Grigore also dominated in singles against UPS and Pacific Lutheran University.

Looking back on what has happened throughout this season, Grigore stated, “It has been busy, and it has been a lot of fun. We have had a mix of tough and easier matches during our season. We are always giving our 100 percent effort to all our matches because we are trying to be the best we can be. After every match, we talk about what we have done well, and what we can improve on because we are always trying to be better as a team.”

“This season has been great, we have traveled a lot of places and gained many enriching experiences from that as well as learning from each time we compete,” said Gu.

The NWC tournament is nearly approaching but it does not seem to phase the Blues.

“I’m looking forward to our Conference that is coming up on April 27 against Lewis and Clark College. After all the work my team and I put in this year, we will be pumped and ready to compete against Lewis and Clark. I’ve heard that during Conference there is a more hyped-up and alive atmosphere, which I’m excited to experience for the first time,” said Grigore.

The Blues head to McMinnville, Oregon this weekend on April 27, as they go head-to-head with Lewis & Clark college going into the conference tournament.