Their shirts may have been pink, but their play was red-hot.
On Friday, the Saint Mary’s women’s tennis team took on Winona State at the Winona Tennis Center, which both universities use as their home court. The Cardinals prevailed against the Warriors and won the match 5-4, going 2-1 in doubles and 3-0 in singles.
The match held some added significance as the Cardinals’ “Think Pink” match. The women donned pink shirts and hosted fundraising activities to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to a Bloedow’s doughnut sale on campus the day of the match, the women also received donations from friends and family.
Freshman Julia Boeve prepares for a serve at the Cardinals’ Think Pink match against Winona State on March 4.
Photo by Emily Loof
In doubles, junior Megan Vandenberg and freshman Julia Boeve won 8-5, while junior Haley Jorgensen and freshman Marissa Kinzer took their match by a score of 8-3. Vandenberg, Boeve, and Jorgensen then went on to win in singles and seal the Cardinals’ victory.
Head coach Jeff Halberg spoke highly of his players after they pulled out the close win in doubles. “This is a team with tons of people contributing top to bottom,” he said. “It’s such a close group on and off the court. It’s amazing to see.”
Sophomore Cheyenne Bauer agreed. “We have a really fun and close team this year,” she said.
Halberg is excited to see where the team goes this year, saying that the women have a very good chance to make the MIAC tournament. “When we are having fun and enjoying what we’re doing, that’s when we get results,” he said. “This is a tough conference obviously, but if we keep doing what we are doing we have a great chance.”
The Cardinals are already well on their way with a huge victory against MIAC rival Saint Benedict on Feb. 13. The Cardinals have only defeated the Blazers twice in recent years, according to Bauer.
The Cardinals will travel to Minneapolis to take on St. Catherine University on Friday, March 18.