The women’s tennis team traveled to Bristol Racquet Club last weekend to take on the Tusculum Pioneers. The Bucs came out on top with a 4-3 win. This marked the Bucs first win of the season with Tusculum’s first loss.

The Bucs tied the match 6-2, 6-3 early on. Senior Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia), came back and won the second set, which pushed into another set, but Tusculum came out on top. Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) won two straight sets after being behind. She won 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, against Katrina Majorova of Tusculum.

The Bucs evened it up with Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) gaining a victory over Angelica De Vincenzis, 6-4.6-3. Freshman Esther Guemes (Madrid, Spain) finished out the set by bringing the Bucs to a victory win over Julia Lopez, 6-2.6-3. The Order of finish was Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)

“Our main goal is to win the conference championship. We have a tremendous group of girls that are working hard every day to achieve this common goal,” said Head Coach Ricardo Rojas.

The Bucs are planning to make another trip to the conference championship with their hard-working team.

“I am “very confident in our group, and we also have great senior leadership” said Rojas. With the determination of the coach and team, the Bucs look to have a successful season.

This win gives the Bucs momentum for their next match. “Our plan is just take it one day at a time and match a time,” said Rojas. With the time off before the next match, the Bucs plan to keep up the hard work with practice.

They play the West Virginia Mountaineers in two weeks in Akron, Ohio. Their record is now 1-3 but the season is far from over, as the Bucs press on in hopes of another conference title.