Sophomore Morgan Bemisderfer leads the women’s tennis team, holding the number one spot in both singles and doubles. (Photo by Jac Rhine)

Thrust into action after the injury of senior Cassandra Kasicki, sophomore Morgan Bemisderfer has stepped into a leadership role on the team, holding the number one singles position as well as playing first doubles with fellow sophomore Celine Rongos.

As of Sept. 22, Bemisderfer has suffered only two conference losses in singles action. She has racked up personal wins against Goshen College, Cornerstone University, Anderson University and Bethel College.

Although Bemisderfer, the daughter of a tennis coach, has been playing the game for “a long time,” this alone is not what landed her position. During the offseason, Bemisderfer could be found hitting the courts with Rongos, working to better herself and her game.

“Both of us worked hard in the offseason and the summer,” Rongos said. “We just wanted to keep getting better and better every day. We both put in the time and effort to excel this year.”

Bemisderfer said she has to cope with both internal and external pressure when playing.

“There is a lot of pressure because you are supposedly expected to win all your matches, not just from the team, but the whole school expects you to win,” she said. “And there is, of course, pressure that I put on myself. I know what I’m capable of, and when I don’t play to that level, I get pretty frustrated.”

Despite the pressure, she chooses to view her role as an opportunity of leadership.

“I’m really excited that I get to represent our school and the team and lead in that way,” she said.

This year’s team is well on its way to surpassing last year’s record of 6-9. Already recording five wins, the team hopes to improve its conference standing by the time of the Crossroads League tournament.