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Women’s Tennis Team Wraps the Fall Season with a Win

Article by: Jim Hunstein,
The Lewis and Clark Community College women’s tennis team wrapped up the fall scrimmage season with a clutch 5-4 win over Missouri Baptist University Friday, Sept. 26, at the Andy Simpson Tennis Center on the LC campus.
“I was impressed with how focused the women were up and down the line-up,” said head coach Jim Hunstein. “Some of the matches were close and some weren’t, but we fought for every point and that makes all the difference.”
The Trailblazers posted wins at #2 doubles (sophomore Taylor Stevenson and freshman Nikki Steiner, both from Troy, IL), #1 singles (freshman Merle Schlaeger, Hanau, Germany), #2 singles (sophomore Claire Morrissey, Alton), #3 singles (Stevenson), and #6 singles (freshman Alex Dennis, Godfrey).
The losses came at #1 doubles (Schlaeger and Morrissey), #3 doubles (Dennis and freshman Alexis Halbrook, Shelbyville, IL), #4 singles (Steiner), and #5 singles (Hlabrook).
“Our sophomores, Claire and Taylor, came back strong from a great season last spring,” Hunstein said.  That team finished 20th in the country at the National Championships in Tyler, TX.  “And our freshmen are getting used to the speed of the college game.  They still have room to grow and improve.”
The women finished the fall scrimmage season 1-3.  The losses came against Principia College (2-7), Webster University (3-6), and Quincy University (0-9).
“We had some tough matches this fall,” Hunstein said.  “Quincy and Principia are always strong.  We had a chance against Webster but couldn’t pull the win.  But we get to play them all again in the spring when it counts, and we’ll be ready.”
The Trailblazers open the spring 2015 season on the road at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, March 11. Their home opener will be on March 17 against Region 24 opponent Kaskaskia College.