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April 12, 2018

Tennis Prepares for Triple-Header Weekend

The UChicago tennis teams have a packed weekend as their spring season goes into full swing. The men’s team will have three meets over the weekend, with all three happening up north over the state border in Wisconsin.  

They start off this Friday with a matchup with No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus College up in West Bend. With the Chicago men’s team ranked fourth in the country, it should be a competitive matchup, and hopefully the Maroons will be able to come out on top. Afterward, the men’s team travels to nearby Janesville to play against its rival Wash U. It’ll be a rematch of when the two schools faced off at the ITA National Team Indoors, where the Maroons got the better of the Bears with a score of 5–4. The UChicago men’s tennis team is expecting another competitive, feisty match against their rivals.

To round off the weekend, the men’s team has a match versus UW–Whitewater. This matchup should be relatively straightforward for the Maroons considering the discrepancy between the two sides and the earlier opponents throughout the weekend. The Warhawks are unranked and have lost their most recent match against Kalamazoo.  

The team is excited for this challenge of a weekend; according to first-year Justin Lee, “The team is ready to play big-game tennis and dominate out there over the weekend. They’ve been working really hard and have a lot of swagger right now because of it.” Hopefully that hard work and confidence shows up in their matches on the tennis court. 

The women’s team only has two matches this weekend instead of three like the men’s team. Their first match of the weekend is this Saturday against Wash U in what is a rematch of their match last weekend. The Maroons were the victors last week with a comfortable 6–3 win in their meet up in Madison. That last win should give the women’s team the confidence it needs to pull off a win against its bitter rival. Similarly, the final match of the weekend is against UW–Whitewater, which has cracked the top 25 in the latest poll released.  

These two top-25 battles, which the UChicago women’s team should be favored in, will be a good test for the consistency of the women’s program and their ability to take care of business in favorable matchups. Overall, it is a packed week for both programs with exciting matchups. It will be imperative for both teams to show up with the confidence that they need to win and take them to a weekend sweep.

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