Every member of the Hillsdale Chargers women’s tennis team won at least one match during their annual invitational on Sunday, Oct. 10.
Attending were Wayne State University Warriors, the Tiffin University Dragons and St. Mary’s of Indiana.
“It was a jam-packed day of matches,” Head Coach Nicole Walbright said. “We had some really good competition and I was really happy everyone got to play.”
Sophomore Helana Formentin went undefeated topping all her opponents in both doubles and singles matches.
“I know for me personally, it is definitely a confidence booster,” Formentin said. “Our last couple weekends we played some really tough teams and I was happy to get some wins under my belt.”
She said that team energy has continued to improve moving towards the end of the fall season.
“I think that our energy and willingness to stay out on the court as long as possible really got us through some tough matches,” Formentin said.
All five of the Charger’s doubles pairs won at least one match as well.
“Overall, we had a really strong day with some good results,” Walbright said. “Even our losses were really hard fought and I hope it builds some momentum for us going into our last match this coming weekend.”
Junior Canela Luna also won both of her singles matches and, paired with Sophomore Julia Wagner, one of her doubles matches.
“Everyone was just playing just overall good tennis,” Luna said. “Our game was on and everyone was focused and ready to be out there and play and I feel like that was the theme for the weekend.”
Walbright said she was happy to have to have the tournament play noting that it removes some of the stress that can be present at other matches.
“It was more relaxed, being a tournament, versus a high pressure dual match so the girls were able to work on a bit more than usual,” Walbright said.
The Chargers now look forward to their last weekend of matches before the end of the fall season. They will play at Davenport Saturday, Oct. 16 hoping to finish strong heading into the break.
“I think we are excited to play and get out there for some matches,” Formentin said. “But I’m also looking forward to the offseason to develop myself personally as a better tennis player and just keep working towards that G‑MAC championship in the spring.”