Written by Student Assistant Carson Barnett
TACOMA, Wash. – After some very close defeats last weekend, the Pacific Lutheran University women's team is coming home for its final matches of the season this weekend, facing crosstown rival University of Puget Sound on Friday and NAIA foe College of Idaho on Sunday.
This weekend will be the final matches for Head Coach Lorrie Wood who is retiring after 11 seasons at the helm at PLU (3-14, 2-5 NWC). Wood, who was named the interim head coach in 2008, was named the official head coach in 2009 and has been ever since. The former student-athlete at the University of Washington has made quite an impact on all of the players she has coached here at PLU.
"Coach Wood is one of the most caring people I have had the privilege of knowing. She works us hard on and off the court, and is always by our side supporting not only our tennis, but also our academics and well being. She has created a family within our team with her guidance, dedication, laughter, and love. As Lorrie always says, it's a great day to be a Lute!" said senior Calliope Peet.
"Lorrie has been a coach that has taught us more than just being better tennis players. She has taught us to be kind, caring, and always end the day with a smile. Some of the best memories I have with her include lots of laughter. Tennis is a sport that involves a lot of mental toughness, so being able to step off the court and laugh is essential. She let us be goofy, laugh, and be ourselves. All things that let us become closer as a team. Alumna tennis players are still very close and that is the beauty of the PLU tennis program. The way she brought us all together, and gives us life long friends" said junior Kristi Floyd.
"I am so grateful to have had coach Wood, she has had such a huge impact on me as a tennis player and also as a person" said sophomore Lauren Kearney.
Also, playing in their last matches of their careers at PLU are seniors Caroline Dreher and Callie Peet. Dreher, a second team all-conference selection last season has compiled 29 total singles wins in her four-year career. The Snohomish, Washington native is majoring in mathematics and art.
Peet, another senior for the Lutes, has spent time in the No. 6 position for singles and the No. 3 position for doubles for the Lutes. The Port Angeles, Washington native is majoring in elementary education.
To watch the Lutes final matches of the season, check them out Friday at Puget Sound (4-6, 3-4 NWC) at 4 p.m. The Lutes will finish their season on Sunday for Senior Day against College of Idaho at 10:30 a.m. at the Sprinker Recreation Center.