Saturday, March 26, 2011

Smith battles Simmons and Steiner is Victorious

Smith College took on Simmons College today at Smith on the indoor courts and lost the battle 8-1. Maggie Steiner, senior co-captain and the "spark" of the team was the lone winner for Smith. Maggie has moved up in the line-up over the years and is now competing in the #2 singles and doubles positions. She competes with poise and confidence. Today, Maggie played Maile MacCleod from Simmons. In the third game of the first set, Maggie turned her ankle and heard a "pop". Unable to put any pressure on it for a few minutes, it looked like she would have to retire. The trainer evaluated the injury and; with Maggie's insistence, taped the ankle and let her continue to compete. Compete she did. Maggie adapted her game from her hard hitting style to many more recovery shots and slices allowing her to get back in position and ultimately unnerve her opponent. Her savvy play landed her a straight set victory.

With the absence of Co-Captain Ally Hawkins today, Smith unveiled two new doubles combinations which showed great potential. Stay in touch with Smith Tennis as they approach the historic Seven Sisters’ Championship coming up soon at Wellesley College.

There were two other important wins for Smith Tennis today at the exhibition positions. Nawal Mays and Grace McKay-Corkum found themselves as partners for the first time this spring and complimented each others' style to take an early lead and never look back earning a decisive victory. Braving the cold 22 degree temperatures, Szilvi Kiss accepted the challenge to go outside in order to play. She returned from the blustery outdoor conditions with a win at the exhibition singles position.

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