The Women’s Tennis Team claimed another win Saturday afternoon against University of Idaho at the Steven’s Center. The team swept its opponent with a final score of 7-0.
Starting at 11 a.m., the game opened with doubles on courts 1-3. The Zags claimed the first point of the match. Senior Taylor Gruber and freshman Kianna Oda beat out their opponents 6-4 in Court 2; Grad Students Haruna Tsuruta and Kate Ketels followed quickly in suit with a victory of 6-2 in Court 3.
On Court 1, junior Adrianna Sosnowska and grad student Hannah Jones finished their game 5-4, 40 all. Though they managed to keep a strong lead, they didn’t finish out their game due to the other victories in the other courts.
Singles started shortly after, and the players kept up their momentum right to the very end.
Tsuruta scored the second point for the home team. Starting off winning with 1-0, she kept a solid lead as her opponent caught up to her. However, Tsuruta turned it around and finished out the first set 6-3. Her second set only got better, as she dominated Idaho junior Marta Magahlaes.
“I think Haruna, for us, has been super solid,” GU Assistant Coach Natalie Pluskota-Hamberg said. “She’s in a pivotal spot in the lineup for us as far as creating good vibes to the left and to the right of her. She’s playing with some of the most confidence and best tennis I’ve seen her have in her time at Gonzaga.”
On court 6, Jones took the third point of the match. She kept up the momentum from the doubles games earlier in the match. Although she took the longest to finish her first set, she managed to pull through 6-3. Never taking her eyes off the ball, Jones repeated the W once again, winning 6-2 at the end of the second set.
Sophomore Cate Broerman secured the win for GU on court 3. She started off slow, but quickly came back 2-1 at the beginning of the first set. Gracefully, Broerman kept a wide lead over freshman Katherine Jhang with 6-3 by the end of set one. She won the second set 6-2 with an ace.
This is her third time this season clinching a match for GU.
“I started off a little shaky, but once I got settled in, I think from there it was just easy, smooth sailing,” said Boerman. “It was just really fun. I just love going out there and competing and being with the girls.”
Gruber, Sosnowka and Ketels finished their rounds after the fourth point was won.
On Court 5, Gruber turned around a rough start, bringing the score to 4-3, leaving her opponent in the dust with the first set won 6-3. Her second match, albeit a bit closer, still saw her victorious with 6-2.
Sosnowka and Ketels won both their tiebreaker games after two, evenly-matched sets. With sheer determination and willpower, both of them beat out Idaho juniors Laura Spataro and Melissa Huchet, 6-2 and 6-3 respectively.
“Overall we had a solid performance, from doubles all the way down to singles,” Pluskota said. “It’s exciting. Like Cate said, we’re just grateful for the opportunity to be out here and competing and most importantly together."