Women’s tennis team earns big win

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Julia Hellstern (above) earned two victories last Tuesday, one singles and one with Oranza Carillo (not pictured) in a doubles match against Alderson-Broaddus University.
Hellstern leads in season opener

By Mike McLaughlin 
Contributing Writer/Spectator

With the temperatures dipping each passing day, many are thinking about fall and football.

Despite the seasonal foliage upcoming, though, the women’s tennis team is still taking care of business like it’s spring.

Last Wednesday the Edinboro women’s tennis team defeated Alderson-Broaddus University, 7-2, with its only two losses due to forfeits.

“It feels really great to get our first win on this court,” said sophomore Julia Hellstern.

“I like playing here on this court and all the people coming here to support us.”

Hellstern and Oranzo Carrillo opened up the day with an 8-1 win in their doubles match. Katie Allen and Raquel Holiday earned a 9-8 win in the number two doubles match to put the team up 2-0 early.

“I was very pleased with our doubles,” said head coach Lee Underwood. “We played very well for the first match of the year.”

Underwood also likes the play of his freshmen.

“After they got off to a little bit of a rocky start they were able to finish strong,” he said.

Hellstern reflected on her play after the doubles victory.

“The strong points in my match today were my serve and my volley,” she said. “Sometimes I just push the ball, so sometimes I have to hit it more.”

In the singles matches, Carrillo, Hellstern, Allen and Holiday all came away with victories, while Lydia Browne also earned a win in her match, who according to Underwood, “just ran away with [it] today.”

“I’m really high on what we’re capable of this year,” said Underwood. “Our schedule is not easy, but that’s going to allow us to have tough matches and that will allow us to grow as a team.”

The Fighting Scots return to action this Saturday, Sept. 20 at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional Championships at the Pennbriar Racquet Club in Erie.

“Regionals is the biggest tournament of the year,” said Underwood. “The winner of the singles and doubles goes to nationals.”

Underwood said last week Carrillo was good enough to win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament and that she “could be the dark horse in that thing,” when referring to the regional tournament.

Following regionals, the women’s team is home for four straight matches with the first coming on Oct. 3 as the Scots face off with West Chester University and the second on Oct. 4 against Shippensburg University.

Mike McLaughlin  is the contributing writer for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com