Tennis seniors leave it all on the clay court

(Left): Aurora Garrison ’16 gets ready to smack the ball over the net against her opponent during the season. (Right): Kevin Ross ’16 sizes up his opponent’s serve in his legendary comeback against Whitman this season. (Photos Courtesy LC Pioneers)

The seniors reflect on the four years they have spent on the Pioneer Tennis team

By Peter Melling /// Sports Editor

With the semester winding down, both the men’s and women’s Tennis teams wrapped up historic regular seasons.

The women Pioneers finished 12-0 in the Northwest Conference (#18 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national rankings and #3 in the regional rankings), which is the best record the team has achieved since their streak of nine straight Women’s Conference of Independent Colleges Championships from 1971-9. They’ll host the NWC playoffs as the one-seed team in the four-team tournament.

The men’s team had a similar breakthrough season, going 10-2 in the notoriously-tough NWC, earning third place in the conference and the three-seed in the NWC playoffs (#30 in the ITA’s national rankings and #6 in the regional rankings). Their playoffs will be hosted at Whitman College.

Following the end of these momentous regular seasons and extended playoff prep, two of the seniors took the time to reflect and write about their memories of playing at LC, their future plans, and what they hope to leave for future Pios.

(Photo Courtesy LC Pioneers)
(Photo Courtesy LC Pioneers)

Pioneer Log: What is your fondest memory from LC Tennis?

Aurora Garrison ’16: It would probably be having dinner at Kevin Ross’ house this last Spring Break.

Kevin Ross ’16: My favorite memory is beating Whitman for the the first time in over nine years.

PL: What do you hope to leave behind?

AG: I hope to leave behind a doubled budget! Also, I’d like to leave behind the legendary blown-up picture of my face in the dome.

KR: I really want to leave behind a program that’s in better shape than it was when I came in.

PL: What is your favorite tennis racket?

AG: My favorite tennis racket is the Babolat Pure Drive.

KR: I’ll take anything that keeps the ball in the court.

PL: What advice would you give current and future LC Tennis players?

AG: Have fun playing tennis, get to know your teammates and the rest will fall into place.

KR: My advice would be to have a short- term memory on the court. That’s always been important for us.

PL: What are your post-grad plans?

AG: I’m going to Germany for the summer, and then possibly grad school. I have to decide by May.

KR: I’ll hopefully be doing something in a city.

PL: If you were to choose your own  yearbook quote, what would it be?

AG:  “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

KR: “If wishes were fishes we’d all swim.”

(Photo Courtesy LC Pioneers)
(Photo Courtesy LC Pioneers)

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