Women’s tennis comes out soaring

The Concordia Courier

Concordia Irvine

By Maad AlKadhim | 2/10/2023

The women’s tennis team started their season with a win at home on Wed., Feb. 1 against Hope International. 

The Golden Eagles defeated Hope International through a fairly easy victory where Concordia won six matches and only lost one. Senior Grace Gorges believed that the win against Hope was the start the team needed. Gorges said, “I think on a team level it was very good to start the season off with a very solid win. I think we won 6-1, which was solid all the way around. On a personal level it is always exciting to start off the team with a high level of energy for the rest of the season.” 

All the players on the team were excited to start the season off with a win. Freshman Jessica Bear said, “The first win of the season was exciting on a team level with all of the adrenaline, and on a personal level I felt like I did my job for my team.” 

Although the Golden Eagles performed well, the team's main focus was on the mindset. Senior and captain Jennifer Jolin said, “On a team level we came together as a collective, both cheering and motivating our teammates. Those on the court had to have self-motivation as well as motivation from Grace and I cheering on.”

As the season moves forward, the Golden Eagles are focused on maintaining the mindset they showed in their home opener. “The main goal is to play how our coach wants us to play… he wants us to play and fight hard and never give up,” said Jolin. 

Gorges agreed with Jolin, but looked at the focus of the team from a more quantitative level, rather than a qualitative level. “In quantitative terms I would say that we do top five or top three in conference. I think we have a really strong team,” said Gorges. 

The team dynamic of Concordia tennis this year is extraordinary. “The dynamic of this year's team is amazing. I felt so welcomed as a freshman, on and off the tennis court. We have amazing captains, Jen and Alyssa who organize and motivate our team day-to-day. The team is encouraging, yet very competitive. I can’t wait to see what this season holds,” said Bear. 

Gorges agreed with Bear and said, “I think this is the first team that I have been in a really long time where it seems collective. It is not cliques anymore. We are all one group.”

The team will be on the road for the next three matches. Their next home game will be on Feb. 28. Make sure to continue supporting the Golden Eagles and their journey this season by following their Instagram account @cuitennis and checking out cuigoldeneagles.com for more information.


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