Tennis Combines Experience with New Players

Tennis Combines Experience with New Players

As spring break arrives, the Mary Baldwin tennis team is busy preparing for their next match. The Squirrels have 12 matches on the schedule this spring, and they are excited for what they hope will be a successful season.

One important goal this year for Mary Baldwin will be improving their record. When asked how they could accomplish that this season, head coach Paul Yee said, “I think we just have to keep getting better every day. We have some returners, and we have some new people, so I think we just have to get better and improve our doubles play.”
 
When asked about leaders on the team, Coach Yee mentioned his #1 and #2 spots on the ladder. “Alayah Austin, she’s definitely going to be a leader, she's played one for us the past two years so it’s good to have her back and be steady in that position. We also  have Sakurako Ishii back; she’s experienced, so she’ll help us a lot. I also think we have a couple new kids coming on to the team that will help us, but like I said, it’s all about getting better.”

Looking forward, the Squirrels have 11 regular season matches remaining to play this season. Coach Yee is ready to take on these opponents. “We have a good number of matches that we get to play at the beginning (of the season) before we play conference opponents.” This schedule will give the Fighting Squirrels a good chance to prepare themselves for the last eight contests, seven of which are USA South matchups. “I think we just want to get some experience out on the court, especially some of these girls who haven’t played as much,” said Coach Yee of the beginning of the season.

With all of the early matches on the road, the Squirrels home opener will be on Friday, March 25th against Meredith College. The match begins at 11:00a.m. and the team will be hoping for a big crowd of MBU students and Staunton residents. Come out and support your Fighting Squirrels!