The University of West Alabama men’s and women’s tennis teams were handed two losses in their match-ups this past weekend, as they took on West Florida and Georgia College. The men remained scoreless against the Argonauts, and were defeated 1-9 against the Bobcats. The women were also unsuccessful with final scores being 2-7 and 3-6.
“The women had close matches with both UWF and Georgia College,” Head Coach Jeff Beaman said. “They are both top nationally ranked programs, and we did not get the result we want, but it gave us things to focus on moving forwards. The men went in against two top ten teams without being able to field a full line-up due to injuries and a family issue. Overall I feel the men went out and gave it what they had.”
Senior Christopher Wood rallied the only win for the Tigers against Georgia College. Amina Mukhametshina and Georgina Morral brought in two wins for the women in singles play against the Argonauts. Both Mukhametshina and Morral were able to repeat their success the following day, along with Andrea Tomassone who added one to the Tigers total wins on Sunday.
West Florida handing the women a loss broke their five game winning streak. This puts the Tigers at 5-1 on the season. They are holding on to second in the GSC standings, while the men drop to 4-2 in conference play, placing them in fifth.
Unfortunately, a consecutive loss, for both teams, to Georgia College hurts their overall records. However, the women remain ranked 26th, as they go into their next match.
“Across the board, with both teams, each player has made improvements from the start of the fall. As teams we can be up and down, but are getting to the point where we are more level emotionally day in and day out,” Coach Beaman said. “We are always working to get better physically, technically and in all aspects of the game but at this point the biggest thing is improving mentally with competing.”
The Tigers will be back in action at Auburn-Montgomery on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Photo Credited to Joe Chance