WEST LIBERTY, W Va. – In their last match of the fall 2013 season, the Lady Barons lost 9-0 to Division II foe, West Liberty University.
Head Coach Jenna Lynch said that West Liberty is not only an NCAA division above Franciscan but that they are also an experienced with a lot of talent. Despite the odds, Lynch said the Lady Barons went into the match with their heads high, ready to take on the challenge ahead.
"Our goal was to play tough--not assume that we couldn't get the ball and not assume that we couldn't win," Lynch said. "I'm really proud of the way the girls played today despite what they knew they were getting into."
Even in the face of a big loss, the Lady Barons displayed outstanding sportsmanship and integrity.
"I was proud to be a part of Franciscan tennis, and in the way we carried ourselves with such a drastic loss," Lynch said.
Having already secured their second place rankings in the AMCC conference, the Lady Barons looked to use the difficult match as intense preparation for the upcoming conference semifinals.
"It was really good for us because it really helped highlight what we need to work on before conference," Lynch said. "It was like looking at ourselves in a mirror and we got to really see our weaknesses."
Over the next two weeks, the Lady Barons will put all their efforts towards preparing for the semifinals by going back to the fundamentals such as footwork and consistency, Lynch said.
"Starting Monday we are going to practice like it's the beginning of the season. It's important that we give it all our effort," Lynch said. "They're going to be tough practices. The only way we can win conference is if we practice like we can win."
The Lady Barons will fight for the conference title in the AMCC semifinals on October 19th at 6 pm in Harmorville, Pa.