Women’s Tennis: Mountaineers Topple Southwestern for Fourth Straight Win
April 6, 2013
Photo: Freshman Leanna Haynes won two big points in SU's non-conference win on Saturday vs. Southwestern.
KERRVILLE, Texas -- The success and the confidence of Schreiner Women's Tennis keeps growing and that was evident in a 5-4 win over Southwestern at the Cree Tennis Center on Saturday. SU (11-6) raced out to a 5-2 win before dropping the final two matches for the eventual total.
The day started out with some variations put in play by Mountaineer head coach Wade Morgan. Freshman Shelby Thompson sat out singles and doubles to help her nagging injury heal. That forced changes in both the #1 and #3 teams and moved the old #3 team up to #2. Those changes didn't deter SU.
The temporary #1 team of freshman Leanna Haynes and junior Teresa Gaitan won the closest match of the day, 8-6 while the temporary #2 team of senior Kelley Spahn and freshman Brooke Ohlman won their match, 8-4. Southwestern won at #3 doubles but trailed, 2-1, heading into singles action.
Haynes rolled to a win in straight sets at #1, 6-0, 6-1. Freshman Karyn Swink moved up to #3 and duplicated Haynes' outcome, 6-0, 6-1. When senior Kelley Spahn won her match convincingly at #4, 6-0, 6-2, Schreiner had earned the non-conference victory.
The Mountaineers shift gears and attention back to ASC play for their final regular season match, vs. conference heavyweight Mary Hardin-Baylor next Saturday at 11:00 am. SU has already clinched its first ASC Championship Tournament berth since 2000. It will also be Senior Day for three SU players. Kelley Spahn has been a four year starter and has seen the program go from almost an afterthought to an emerging power. Teresa Gaitan is only a junior but leaves SU next month to continue her 3-2 Engineering degree. Both have been major contributors since their first days in the program. Becky Chiaro has been on the team the last two spring seasons. In the fall, she was a four year player for SU women's soccer but has joined the tennis team in the spring of 2012 and 2013 and has won some key matches during her time. Spahn and Chiaro will graduate next month and all will be missed but can say that they were among the pieces that built the latest success story that is being created with SU Women's Tennis.