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ISSUE 115 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 3/22/2002

Women’s tennis bows to St. Thomas over the weekend

By Various Contributors
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 22, 2002

The 2002 St. Olaf women's tennis team is coming off a hard-fought 0-9 defeat to a very tough University of St.Thomas team. The match was held March 15 at the Owatonna Indoor Tennis Center. The women's team remains completely positive, and spectators should look for positive things in the near future. Senior Abigail Betts gave a detailed description of the St. Olaf women's tennis team's dynamics this year. Betts said, "I don't know if I have changed in the past 4 years or what, but there seem not to be age differences on the team or ‘year barriers.’ We are all the same. We are the women's tennis team. We have a huge team this year which has its advantages and disadvantages, but as a team, I think it is great.

Betts says that having Ole spirit is a big part of being a member of the tennis team. “I don't know how coach does it when he is building his team. He could very well recruit a ringer, but it seems that unless that player has. a heart and ‘is an Ole’ then that ringer won't do any good for the team at all. We play an individual sport, but we all work together as a team.” For Betts, the tennis team provides a center of gravity. “The tennis team has been my only 'constant' here at St. Olaf, which is funny, because every year it changes, gaining and losing members and memories. But the team has always been a family, a steady group of friends, and of course my teammates. “ Win ot lose, the Oles a re a fighting bunch. “There's a lot to say for being an Ole. We can set foot out on the court against the number one team in the country. We may be expected to lose, we may lose, but I can say that every member of our team would go out there and fight, and even with a tough fight may lose, but can come off of the court with the feeling that they had done the best on that day with what they had to work with and they played with heart.,” Betts said. Senior Lindsay Gorham added, "Its been a really fun season. We (Betts, Kochsiek, and Gorham) are seniors now, and have been through lots together. We are best friends. That is what I love about our team the most. We have great player relationships and great player/coach relationships." The women' tennis teams, while building on team unity, and strong friendships, should give upcoming teams all they handle.

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