Metro’s women’s tennis team defeated Montana State University Billings April 14 at Gates Tennis Center. The 9-0 win was the fourth time the Lady ’Runners shutout an opponent this season. The men’s team lost 5-4.
Both teams are ranked fourth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as they head to the RMAC tournament April 20-21 at Gates.
“The girls needed to come out of this last weekend at least 1-2 and that’s what they did on Saturday against Billings,” Metro tennis coach Beck Meares saidMetro Junior Alicia Holm and senior Nadia Khamis beat Laura Housinger and Emily Paffhausen in No. 1 doubles, 8-5.
It took Holm and Khamis a while to find their rhythm.
“We started off a little slow but then we started coming into the net and really playing off the point,” Khamis said. “We took care of business.”
Khamis took advantage of the opportunities at the net and won 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 singles.
“I came in to the net a lot, which I don’t normally do, but I took a lot of the balls on the rise and had a chance to hit the ball deep,” Khamis said.
As the season winds down, Khamis said she will miss the team when she graduates. Doubles partner and roommate, Holm, feels the same.
“I wish we had more seasons together,” Holm said. “Our games are so in sync with each other and she has really elevated my game a lot.”
Holm won No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3, and said she learned something from the match — patience.
“The points were very long and I had to be very patient and let the point drag out and take the opportunity when she made an error,” Holm said.
Metro’s men did not fare as well against the Yellow Jackets. The match came down to the last games of the day, with Metro sophomore Jonathan Evangelista losing No. 5 singles to Kavindu Gamage 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.
“It was a disappointing end to Saturday’s match, but it’s nothing we can’t bounce back from,” Meares said. “Zero and three for the weekend wasn’t what we wanted, but a few really good days on the practice court working some things out, we will be ready to face those teams again in RMAC this weekend.”
Both Metro teams will play fifth-ranked CSU-Pueblo’s teams April 20 in the RMAC tournament.