The Pointers Women’s Tennis
team is making quite an improvement
this season compared to their last.
Although the team has a brand
new head coach and four new
players, they have managed to win
eight out of ten matches; surpassing
the amount of wins they had last
Additionally, the team swept
Milwaukee School of Engineering
and Concordia this past weekend,
making it their sixth match in a row
that they have won. This has been
the longest winning streak in over
fourteen years for the team.
“I believe one of the reasons why
we are so successful this year is that
the girls are playing more aggressively
against their opponents,” said Deena
Gordon, head coach for the Women’s
“Katelyn Asfeld and Hayley
Schlueter, both freshmen, have been
a great addition to the team,” Gordon
She believes all of her freshmen
are adjusting and transitioning well
into the team.
“I think the hardest part for me
about this whole thing is being away
from home,” Asfeld said.
Asfeld, Lexi Buntrock, and Lhea
Owens, all freshmen, said that the
team is like a second family to them.
Because of this bond, the transition
from high school to college was a lot
Asfeld, Buntrock, and Owens
believe one of the key reasons for
their success this year is because all of
the players get along and have each
“We just get along and play good
together and that is why we are so
successful,” Asfeld said.
Transfer student McKenzie
McCray says her team success comes
from their motivation to become
better athletes and their willingness
to work hard at the task at hand.
Although McCray saw the 2012-
2013 season record, she still wanted to
play here and felt that the University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was the
right place for her. “We are just one
big family here,” McCray said.
Even though the season is
winding down, the team still has
multiple improvements to make.
Gordon goes into great detail about
how she is pushing her players to
play more competitively on the court.
She also wants her doubles teams
to work on “poaching”, a technique
where the player in front of the net
attempts to intercept the ball and
make a winning volley.
Gordon says her team is
constantly improving and striving
to be the best. She believes their
improvement will be evident very
McCray says the team is making
changes weekly to prepare themselves
for their up-coming matches.
out points as if it’s a match to help
us prepare for the next matches,”
McCray said. She also explains that
they have been working on their
drills and deep shots to enhance their
With only a couple of matches
left in the season, the team’s main
goals are to be within the top four
teams in their conference and make it
to the NCAA Tournament.
Gordon stresses that the team’s
hardest match-ups will be with
UW-Whitewater and UW-Eau Claire.
“Whitewater is good every year,”
The team will host
UW-Whitewater on Oct. 1 and
UW-Eau Claire on Oct. 4.
The team practices every day
for two hours, usually from 3:30
p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and additionally
each player must do an hour of
conditioning on their own to reach
their ultimate goal.
The team is very busy, but they
still find time to have a weekly team-
bonding meeting. Asfeld, Buntrock,
and Owens explain that they love
spending time with their teammates
and cannot wait to see how their
season will end.