William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist
The University of Lynchburg women’s tennis team is looking forward to playing this spring and avenging their losses against conference rivals, Averett University.
Senior Caroline Guill said, “We have some incredible talent and an amazing culture on the women’s team, and I expect for us to apply this culture and hard work in a way that will result in some big wins throughout the season. Coach has done a great job in scheduling various non-conference matches against teams that are notoriously big players. I am most looking forward to playing Averett this season; this is a team we have played in the past and lost to, but this is also a team we are very capable of competing with. This will be a great opportunity for each of our players to work to their strengths and exhibit the perseverance on the court that I know each teammate is capable of showing.”
While the team hasn’t yet started practicing for the semester, Ellen Druebbisch, a senior said, “Coach Johnson does a great job setting up drills throughout the practice and then giving us a chance to put them into play towards the end of practice. I am really excited to get going this season and being able to play actual matches will be awesome!”
Guill said, “Over break it has been paramount for each athlete to take responsibility for her own exercise and preparation. Our strength coach consistently sent out strength training workouts as well as conditioning workouts which served to guide the team in exercise over break. Ideally, each athlete was expected to get in time on the court over break, but we do recognize that getting time on the court is more accessible to some than others. Dedication to exercise away from campus is the basis of how we start in the spring and knowing that the team is committed to that is what helps instill confidence as we enter into the spring season.”
Druebbisch encourages her teammates to be positive and grateful for the opportunity that this season presents. Druebbisch said, “I would just encourage my teammates to make the most of this opportunity. We all know how it feels to get our season taken away, so I am excited to just come back and work hard and leave it all on the court. I hope they are all as pumped as I am.”
Druebbisch continued, “I am so grateful to be part of a team that has developed such an amazing culture where we all push each other and encourage each other to be the best we can. I know I am personally excited to have the chance to compete again and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this season!”