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Holy Cross women’s tennis remains a young team to be reckoned with // The Observer

With a team made up of a majority of freshmen and sophomores, the Holy Cross women’s tennis team finished the 2022 season 8-14. Even though it was not easy, the Saints persevered. They scored victories over Huntington University, Grace College, and Roosevelt University. The Saints were also able to finish the season with a 3-3 conference record.

When asked what their biggest accomplishment was last season, head coach Eric Mahone said “navigating one of the toughest schedules in the country and doing it with basically freshmen and second-year students in the starting training”. The Saints had just two seniors and one junior on the roster this year and had to rely on the underclassmen for strength.

“We’re so young, we knew it was a building year,” Mahone said. “Our women have had an incredible year. We’re really excited for next year because of how we got together.

Specifically, Mahone singled out sophomore Anna Beer for more than her physical contributions. Midway through the season, Beer was granted the team captain designation. “[Beer is] the glue that holds the team together,” Mahone said. “She’s our best scout, she takes care of her teammates, always putting her team above herself. You know, all the characteristics you look for in a captain,” Mahone said. Beer played No. 2 and No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles and was a key player in this year’s lineup.

Although the Saints did not qualify for the national tournament, they made it past the first round of the CCAC tournament. With a 4-0 win over Judson University, the Saints advanced to the semifinals. However, they lost 4-0 to top-seeded Olivet Nazarene University.

As the Saints have completed their 2021 season, they are moving forward into next year. Mahone noted high aspirations for his team.

“Our targets are quite advanced,” he said. “Certainly to win the conference championship next year when we’re mostly juniors and sophomores, and I think we’re in a position to do that.”

Mahone didn’t stop there, continuing to list a number of goals for next season.

“To do the national tournament, to have a ranking in the top 20,” he said. “We think they are quite achievable.”

The Saints’ calendar won’t be any easier next year. However, with the team maturing together, they will have that competitive edge that can take them far next year. However, their goals will not come without hard work. Saints must continue to solidify their bond and hone their skills if they are to achieve their goals.

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