Tennis team falls to Tyler Junior College

The Belles interpret loss and look to improve

By Ixchel Sotelo
On February 7, 2020

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Ena Ovcina, swings against Tyler Junior College opponent. Ovcina is a junior from Tidaholm, Sweden.

The Belles tennis team on Jan. 31 faced Tyler Junior College for their first ex­hibition match of the spring season and lost 4-3.

“I thought today was great,” Chris Bi­zot, head women’s tennis coach, said. “This is exactly the type of exhibition match we were looking for. It was good for us.”

Doubles partners Valentina Gonzalez and Ena Ovcina won their match by a score of 6-2.

The Belles claimed all three of their points in the singles category on courts one, five, and six.

Junior Zoe Gubbels defeated her op­ponent in three sets. Gubbels won set one 6-0, but lost the second 6-3. She came back in set three to take a 6-3 victory for the Belles.

“You have to get there, stay positive and fight point-by-point,” Gubbels said. “I feel like every single practice we feel like we need to have a good attitude and not slack off because every practice counts.”

Graduate student Anna Schneemann secured her win in two straight sets. Schnee­mann took the first set in a 7-5 victory and won the second set 6-2.

Gonzalez claimed the final match point with a three-set victory. She lost the first set 6-4, but fought back and took the second set win 6-2. She ended the match with a 6-1 victory.

“We are excited,” Bizot said. “We got a lot of girls coming back from last year and this is our third season together. So far, we’ve been able to build on each year and improve, so that’s what we’re looking to do.”

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