I absolutely have no excuse for not updating the blog during and after an amazing week in Texas. I won't recap each match in full detail, but I've posted some pics on flickr that I took and several Sandy (Morgan and Courtney's mom) took and we also took some video but uploading that is still beyond me.
|Texas BBQ at the Lawless house|
|Maggie driving a backhand|
|Lizzy and Kate Warming up at UMHB|
|Mini dubs at SSTX|
|So much Texas...Erin, Maddy, Em|
Driving 2 hours to Tyler the next day was a piece of cake and a rainy spring in Texas made for gorgeous scenery and wildflowers. We had time to hit and eat before taking on #8 ranked UTT on their home courts. In the warm sun we kept our doubles going with big wins at 1 and 2 and a close loss at 3 to go up 2-1. Courtney had the challenge of playing her "triplet" who was born in the same hospital on the same day as she and Morgan. It's not easy to play someone you've known and been friends with for your whole life, but Courtney is tough and pulled it out. Alyssa, Morgan and Maddy also won is 2 sets for a 6-2 lead with Emily losing in 2 sets against a super tough player and Kate dropping a third set tiebreak. What a day to get a big upset on the road against a very good Tyler team.
|HP and Maddy at UMHB|
Getting together after Trinity was a mix of emotions, but mostly there was a sense of confidence and pride. We talked early in the week about how to play as a team with no regrets. It is one of the hardest things to do in an individual sport that is so physically and mentally demanding and in all of my years I can't remember a better display of championship tennis. Hopefully, we are able to learn what we can continue to do better, but without regrets we are confident that we can play with top 15 teams which is a huge step for Whitman Women's Tennis.
I can't thank enough Carlos at St. Stephen's, the Rolstons and Dean Snider for traveling watching and supporting us as well as the friends who stopped in along the way. A Texas trip isn't common for us (about every 4 years), and this one was one with amazing tennis where the team also had so much fun together, and I must give extra thanks to Seth for his work on and off court and of course to Mark and Sandy for everything throughout the week.
|The team with Carols at St Stephen's|
I can't wait to see many of you at family/alumni weekend. Please email me with RSVP's or questions and I'll get a schedule out in the next couple of days but please know you are invited to watch the home matches, join us for a Friday dinner at 5:30pm after the 11am Linfield match and for family/friend/alum tennis after the Saturday match vs. Willamette.