Written by Student Assistant Kelsey Littleton
TACOMA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's tennis team hosts its final home match of the Northwest Conference dual season on Saturday, battling against Whitworth University inside the Sprinker Recreation Center.
Last weekend the Lutes (1-7, 1-6 NWC) fought hard against George Fox University and Willamette University, earning mixed resuts. The Lutes suffered a 7-2 setback against the Bruins last Saturday and dominated the Bearcats, 8-1, on Sunday. Highlighting the weekend for the Lutes was the No. 1 doubles team of Caroline Dreher and Megan Beyers along with No. 6 singles player Kylie Rademacher, both finishing the weekend 2-0.
An Enumclaw, Washington native, Kylie Rademacher is keeping busy during her first year of college. Besides playing tennis, Rademacher is also a forward on the women's asketball team and has a full course load in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.
College has been a brand new experience for her, both on and off the court.
"Until coming to college I had never played singles before," Rademacher said. "It's been a lot of fun working to develop a style of play that caters to my strengths and weaknesses."
Rademacher is ready to show off her newly acquired skills this weekend against the Pirates (2-5, 2-3 NWC).
"We had a great team win against Willamette [last] Sunday and we are excited to take that momentum into this week's match," Rademacher said.
Head Coach Lorrie Wood is expecting an "epic battle" against Whitworth.
"Whitworth is always a very good match-up for us," Wood said. "I know my players will show up eager to compete and to play their best tennis."
With a month left in the season, PLU can expect the Lute women to continue to strive for success.
"I hope this team will continue to push themselves and each other to be the best they can be on and off the court," Wood said.
Rademacher and Wood both expressed how special the relationship between teammates is.
"Your team really becomes your support system," Rademacher said. "Whether we are winning or losing I love creating memories with my teammates."
The Lutes begin play against the Whitworth Pirates at 1 p.m. down Pacific Avenue at Sprinker Recreation Center. Next week the Lutes will be on their way to California for some non-conference play in the sun.