Volume 95, Issue 25
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Tough tennis played in Montreal
Mustang Women split two
By Ryan Dixon
For the Western women's tennis team, last weekend was a case of win some, lose some.
The ladies travelled to Montreal to play at McGill University, where they bombed the host McGill squad 7-0, but were unable to maintain their high level of play against Waterloo, suffering a close 4-3 defeat.
Western's Jen Lester won her match against Waterloo but said the Mustangs were guilty of taking their opponent a little too lightly. "We played fairly well against Waterloo. We all thought we were going to beat them, but they've got a new team and they were better than we thought," she said.
Lester added that, in the future, the Mustangs will have to be on their toes against every opponent.
"We just weren't prepared we expected a weak team and we counted our win before we should have. Next time, we've got to be more aware of our opponent. There are going to be upsets and surprises and we have to realize we can be the team that gets upset," Lester said.
Co-captain Monica Radley said she was pleased with her team's showing and is optimistic about where they are headed. "It was a good showing we've got a strong team this year and we're getting prepared for the playoffs [in two weeks]. I'm very excited, I think we'll do well," she said.
Western's other co-captain, Jaqueline Green, said she was pleased with the team's performance in Montreal. "I think McGill speaks for itself. We played pretty well against Waterloo, but we just came up short. Overall, I thought we played well," Green said.
Both Green and Radley won their respective matches. According to Green, one of the prime reasons for the team's success this season has been the chemistry of the group.
"We have a good work ethic this year and we have very diverse players. There is lots of team unity and, as a result, we get lots of cheering during matches," Green said.
The goal of any team is to be peaking when the post-season rolls around. For the Western women, everything leading up to the playoffs is an opportunity to hone their skills and ensure they are ready when the big matches come. Radley said each match provides the team with more tools to succeed in the playoffs.
"Everyone's getting more match experience situations where it's six all, tie breakers. We're learning how to pull it out and I think the heart of our team is showing. We really want it," Radley said.
The next challenge for the women will come this weekend when they host a tournament at Western. The following week, the women swing into playoff mode as the OUA post-season duels begin.
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