Women’s tennis handily defeats UW-Stevens Point Coach Barnes says motivation was key to win

The UW-Whitewater women’s tennis team defeated UW-Stevens Point 9-0 and extended their conference dual match win streak to 84 straight.

The Warhawks, now 3-0 in conference play, looked dominant in Stevens Point. The Warhawks only lost one game in doubles play and didn’t drop any sets in singles play. Warhawks Head Coach Frank Barnes said he knew coming into the match that the Warhawks had the upperhand on the Pointers, so his biggest focus was keeping his team motivated.

“It’s kind of a constant challenge to stay motivated when we know we’re going in as heavy favorites,” Barnes said. “So, we gave the players a lot of different doubles formations to work on.”

The Warhawks were lead by senior Cassie Alexander who didn’t drop a single game in either her singles or her doubles play.

The Warhawks No. 1 doubles pairing of Brigid McGuire and Jillian Wallace picked up right where they left off. After winning the ITA Midwest Regional doubles title last weekend, the doubles pair won their match against the Pointers 8-1. McGuire and Wallace were a new pairing at the beginning of the season, but Barnes said he is pleased with the chemistry they’ve built over the course of the season.

“They’re getting real comfortable playing with each other.” Barnes said. “It was a good chance for them to get more time on the court and get real comfortable, because they’re going to be playing in the national tournament coming up in a couple weeks.”

The Warhawks will return to action on Oct. 3, with two dual matches at Wangerin Courts in Whitewater. The first match will be against WIAC conference rival UW-Oshkosh with a start time of 3:30 p.m. and in the second match the Warhawks will face off against Illinois Tech starting at 6:30 p.m.