High expectations for women’s tennis

Sophomore Dionna Welton serves up a doubles match in the Lady Pioneer game against Lake Forest College, Oct. 1. Photo by Jill Ridenour

Dawn Marie Johnson
Special Contribution

Do not be fooled, Carroll’s women’s tennis shall not be mocked. Although the season is not going as expected, their record to date is 2-8. Despite the statistics, coach Tatum Klingbeil does not want the students, faculty, or competitors to underestimate her players. Though they are not winning the number of matches they would like coach Klingbeil has faith in her team. There should be no confusion that the team is a strong despite their struggle to find their grove for the season.

Coach Klingbeil has high expectations for the season. She is focused on building a team that is both physically and mentally strong. Her reasoning for this is because it takes more than skill to win, but the mental ability to anticipate the moves of the opponent and to plan their strategy on he court. To accomplish the goals for the team Klingbeil has three tasks for the players.

First, for each player to take advantage of the sports and fitness resources Carroll College has to offer, such as the Bio-Mechanics lab which analyzes body movement and could assist the players with their strokes and volley. Second, for each player to spend time in the weight room. This would help build core body strength to have better position and form on the court. Finally, to encourage the players to practice throughout the year, because the more you practice the better you become.

Athletic Director Kris Jacobsen is excited about the tennis team, and speaks highly of the new tennis coach Tatum Klingbeil stating that, “She is aggressive, and committed to building a stronger tennis team.” They want to do more than just participate in the game they want to win.

The foundation for success has been set. With the hiring of new coach Tatum Klingbeil and support from the administration, the Carroll tennis team is on its way to becoming a stronger more competitive team.

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