Regals tennis unable to end home finale with a victory

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The Regals tennis team hosted the Chapman Panthers for their home finale on April 11. The team worked hard, winning one of its doubles matches and two of its singles match-ups, but unfortunately was unable to pull out a victory in front of their biggest crowd this season, losing 6-3.

Senior Lindsay Murphy won the only doubles match  for the Regals alongside freshman Dana Raugust. They defeated the Panthers 8-4.

This was also the first time the two athletes played together.

“It went pretty well,” Murphy said. “It’s kind of hard to see what’s going on on the other courts when you’re playing on your court, but my partner and I [Raugust] played together for the first time today and we played pretty well.”

Although Raugust and Murphy won their doubles matches, teammates Shelby Kubota and Daria Karakoulka lost 8-3 and Rebecca Gold and Kari Ayres lost 8-0.

Junior Kari Ayres believed that she and Gold put up a great fight, but lost due to small mistakes.

“We had good points, good rallies, but they just had the finishing point. Overall, I thought it was pretty good,” Ayres said.

After the doubles matches were over, the Regals prepared to take on the Panthers in the singles matches.

Freshmen Gold and Kubota both won their matches, No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, earning CLU its second and third points of the day.

According to CLUsports.com, Murphy nearly got CLU its fourth point of the match when she won the opening set of the No. 1 pairing 6-4 against Andrea Hammer. Despite the strong first set from Murphy, Hammer would rally back and win the next set 6-2 and force the third set tie-breaker. Murphy gained the lead twice but would eventually fall late and Hammer took the final set 10-8.

The Panthers went on to defeat the Regals, winning matchups No. 2, 5 and 6.

Although it was not a great day for the Regals, they had the support of the student body, which showed up in big numbers to show their love for the team. ASCLUG was also there to show their support for the Regals tennis team, providing Chick-fil-A for attendees.

Evan Carthen, a sophomore representative for programs board, believed that it was important to show support for their fellow students.
“Programs board did a great job providing awareness toward the event. It was also great to see the tennis team appreciated for all the work they put in throughout the year,” Carthen said.

CLU’s record for the season is 3-11, 1-6 SCIAC. They will end their regular season against Caltech on April 18 at 2 p.m.

 

Natalie Kalamdaryan
Staff Writer
Published April 16, 2014