ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERICA FAST
The Tabor women’s tennis team, facing some lineup changes due to injury, lost a tough match to Saint Mary College in Leavenworth Wednesday.
After losing No. 2 seeded singles player Lisa Wall to a knee injury last week, the Bluejays rearranged their doubles teams and several women had to step up to fill the gaps.
Coach Kory Unruh said his team was probably not as mentally ready as they should have been.
“They’re (Saint Mary) a good team,” Unruh said. “They’ve gotten a lot better. But we’re in new roles and so we have to get accustomed to those roles and get the flow going again before we get into this (KCAC) tournament.”
Naila Kunantaeva won at the No. 2 spot, Erica Buller won No. 5 singles, and Tina Stobbe won No. 6 singles. Number three doubles were also successful.
Unruh said a full week of practice before the conference tournament will give his players a chance to heal some minor injuries and to get mentally prepared.
“Going in, concentrating, when they come on the tennis courts, it’s tennis and tennis only,” Unruh said. “It’s all a matter of desire and effort right now.”
Even with the loss, Tabor should be seeded second in the KCAC tournament, which will be played this weekend at Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita.