The Emporia State men and women’s tennis teams started their season at home last Wednesday against Baker University. The matches were held at the Emporia High School tennis courts.
The women won every match, starting off 9-0 on the season and earning the sweep.
“Our first matches went really well, and we had a lot of fun,” said Taylor Smith, sophomore art major. “The weather was great, and we had a lot of spirit.”
The men’s tennis team also started off the season strong against Baker University. They earned the sweep as well, starting off 9-0 on the season.
“We played really well, and it’s really nice to go into our first duel getting the sweep,” said Andrew Davids, sophomore secondary education major.
On Saturday, the Hornets traveled to Lindsborg for the Bethany College tournament. The women had four out of seven players make it into the finals of their brackets.
“It could be a very good year for us,” said Tiffany Khounsombath, sophomore biochemistry and molecular biology major. “Our team is already really close, and we all support each other. We are very excited to play with each other this year.”
But the men didn’t fare as well as the women, but they did have freshman Collin Connor and sophomore Christian Lollar place second in the #4 doubles.
“It was good competition and a very fun team environment,” Davids said. “We gained a lot of experience from the tournament that will help us later on in the season.”
The men’s tennis team is 6-9 overall on the season and is 0-4 in conference play. The women are 15-6 on the season and are 4-3 in conference play.
The Hornets will travel to Lawrence over the weekend to play in the KU Invitational.