ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University women's tennis team fell 9-0 to their Division 1 opponent Idaho State University on Saturday. Despite a disappointing defeat, the Panthers put up a tough fight in their first match of the season.
Sophomore doubles partners Alisa Ogranovich and Madison Ross came close to victory in the No. 1 court, narrowly falling 8-5. Sophomore Vasilisa Trofimova and senior Nicole Fouts battled and ultimately lost 8-3 in the No. 2 court, and sophomore duo Anna Kaplan and Naomi Lee also lost their match, with a score of 8-1.
In singles, Ogranovich fell 6-1, 6-0 in court No. 1. Ross, in court No. 2, fought hard against her opponent Louise-Mare Botes of Idaho State, but lost 6-2, 6-2.
Trofimova had the closest singles match of the night, fiercely trailing her opponent Melissa Coburn until the end of the second set. Despite a valiant effort, she fell to Coburn 6-4, 6-5.
Fouts and Sophomore Delara Fotovatjah lost to their opponents in courts No. 5 and No. 6, scoring 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. Kaplan fell 6-0, 6-0 on court No. 4.
Looking ahead, next weekend the women's team will travel up to UC Santa Cruz to face Trinity University and Whitman College, and play in the UCSC Tournament.
By Molly Weber
Sports Information Intern