Senior Day A Success As Panthers Roll Past Wright State
April 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's tennis team celebrated Senior Day with a 7-0 win over Wright State Sunday at North Shore Elite.
All three of Milwaukee's seniors won their singles matches and the Panthers again claimed the doubles point in winning for the third-straight time.
Milwaukee now heads into its final regular season league match at Detroit next week knowing a win would land it no worse than second in the final standings, a spot that would mark the highest finish in school history.
"This was a great win today. We knew we needed this one to set ourselves up for the very important match at Detroit next week," Milwaukee head coach Sean McInerney said. "It was really nice to see all three of the seniors come through and win their singles matches, and as a group they've won over 300 times since they set foot on campus. That is really an unbelievable accomplishment and they've been such a big part of getting this program to where it is today."
The Panthers were in control throughout singles play, winning all six matches in straight sets. In fact, the only match that was ever in doubt came in the sixth spot, where senior Brittany Skemp fought hard for a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Liz Steingass. Senior Maddy Soule claimed a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the top spot while senior Kelly Fritz had a 6-3, 6-3 win in the third slot. Dana Shannon, Chelsea Bailey and Kristin Kurer also had singles wins.
In doubles play, Milwaukee had to work hard to win the point. Soule and Christina Colarossi recorded an 8-6 win in the top spot while Shannon and Fritz were 8-6 winners in the second spot.
"We kind of lacked energy in doubles but we found a way to win. Then we took care of business in singles," McInerney said. "This was a good day to celebrate the past but also to look ahead to the rest of the season. We can finish in a tie for second with a win over Detroit and that would be one better than we did last year. Our goal all along has been to keep moving up in the standings every year."
The Panthers actually finish up the regular season with a pair of road matches next weekend. UWM plays at Oakland Friday before the key contest with Detroit Saturday. The league tournament then takes place the following weekend in Indianapolis.