Written by Student Assistant Kelsey Littleton
TACOMA, Wash. - This weekend the Pacific Lutheran University women's tennis team caps off the 2017 season, hosting College of Idaho in a non-conference clash on Saturday at the Sprinker Recreation Center.
Last week the Lutes (2-14, 1-11 Northwest Conference) suffering a pair of setbacks to wrap up conference play, falling 9-0 to Whitworth University and 8-1 to 28th-ranked Whitman College. Caroline Dreher highlighted the weekend, earning a, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-3), victory over Whitman's Andrea Gu for her fourth singles victory in her last five matches.
"I feel grateful to have had the amazing opportunity to play four years as a collegiate athlete with amazing teammates and a supportive coaching staff," said environmental studies major Megan Beyers.
The PLU women's tennis team is a close-knit group of hard-working and talented student athletes, and the loss of five seniors will be significant to the whole team.
"I will miss my teammates the most because they are such a fun group of girls to be around," said kinesiology major Ingrid Ericksen. "They always know how to put a smile on my face and a lot of them are my closest friends."
After graduation, our Lute seniors are on to big things. Beyers will work for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter, Ericksen will apply to graduate school in order to become a physician's assistant, and Floyd will be teaching middle school math.
"My favorite part of our season is always our last practice of the year," said elementary education major Karli Floyd. "We always dress up in some outrageous outfits, take pictures, and practice in them."
The Lutes will be practicing hard in their crazy outfits this week, preparing for their final match. Play against the College of Idaho (4-5) will begin at 1 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center in Lakewood.