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Women’s tennis rebuilding season comes to close

The future is bright for the Lady Forester tennis team, who return all but one player next season. The team finished the season with a 6-7 record.

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Freshman Constanze Golz made her impact on Forester tennis this year, going undefeated in singles play with a 8-0 record at third singles. She was named to the 2014 Women’s Tennis All-Conference team. (Photo provided)

The women’s tennis team wrapped up their 2014 season Sept. 30 with a close 4-5 loss in the Crossroads League conference tournament.

The sixth-seeded Foresters came up short against Spring Arbor University, who previously defeated them 10 days earlier with a 2-7 decision.

Stepping it up during tournament play, senior Cassie Kasicki, freshman Constanze Golz and sophomore Celine Rongos notched wins in singles play for the Foresters. The No. 1 doubles duo of Rongos and sophomore Morgan Bemisderfer also contributed to the win column.

The Foresters finished the season just below the .500 mark, tallying a 6-7 record. The team played with a fairly inexperienced roster, which consisted of three freshmen and three sophomores—rounded out by a lone senior.

“I think we played a really good season, knowing we are so young,” Rongos, one of the three returning players from 2013, said. “Looking back, it was a rebuilding season.”

The young team battled injury from the opening game. Kasicki began the season playing at the No. 1 singles spot and on the No. 1 doubles team, but a shoulder injury sustained early in the season sidelined her for the majority of the season. Kasicki’s injury resulted in each player moving a spot up in the lineup.

“We hit bad luck, since our No. 1 was injured most of the season and some other players were injured,” Golz said, “but we still did our best, and everyone did what ever they could to play the best they could.”

Coach Roger Ferguson said that losing Kasicki had a crucial effect on the season as a whole.

“Right out of the gate, we lost our No. 1 player, and everyone had to move up a level in a really competitive conference,” he said.

Bemisderfer assumed the No. 1 singles position. She performed well, finishing the regular conference season with a 4-4 personal conference record and a spot on the 2014 Crossroads League all-conference team.

Bemisderfer was joined on the all-conference team by teammate Golz, who completed an impressive 15-0 undefeated season in singles play, defeating all eight of her conference opponents.

“She has a pretty high ceiling,” Ferguson said of Golz. “She’s shown everyone she can play at a high level.”

The future is bright for the Foresters, who return all but senior Kasicki next season.

“They know what it takes to win now, with the bad comes a little good,” Ferguson said.

The Foresters will continue to practice throughout the winter in preparation for their upcoming spring 2015 season.

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