Franciscan University of Steubenville’s women’s tennis team achieved an impressive win against conference opponent Penn State-Behrend last Friday, Sept. 14, successfully beating them in both doubles and singles.
After shaking hands with the opposing team, the Lady Barons prepared for their match with vigorous warmups and shouts of encouragement. Soon the match began with junior Madeline Conrad and senior Maria Binette playing No. 1 Doubles. They played a fantastic match that ended with an 8-0 win for Franciscan.
Junior Gracie Hammel and sophomore Ana Victoria Haddad Garcia stepped up for No. 2 Doubles, and they won their match with a score of 8-1. “We just got together, but I love my doubles partner,” said Garcia.
Playing No. 3 Doubles were seniors Julia Razook and Taranee Karimpour, who walked away with a score of 8-0, bringing back yet another win for the Lady Barons.
Conrad returned to play No.1 Singles, and she won her first set with a score of 6-1, then finished off the second set with a 6-0 win.
Binette, Garcia, Haddad, Hammel and Karimpour all finished their singles matches with a satisfying 6-0, 6-0. Razook won her match with a final score of 6-2, 6-0.
“They played fantastic,” said Head Coach Scott Greve. “I mean, they started off the season just playing great tennis. They all stood out, playing the best tennis I’ve seen them play in their careers, and it’s really good to see them play that way right now.”
The Lady Barons ended with a 9-0 win against Penn-State Behrend.
“We’ve got a lot of tennis left this year,” said Greve, “and obviously they’re playing really well, but we’re going to have to play some really good tennis next week, and in coming weeks, because we’ve got some good competition in front of us. So, I’m just looking forward to watching the girls get their game and continue to play great tennis.”
The Lady Barons are 5-0 for their season, with their past four matches ending 9-0 each. They will next take to their home court on Sunday, Sept. 23 to face their conference opponent Pitt-Bradford at 3:30 p.m.