Austin Troutman – Staff Writer
Clarion’s Golden Eagle tennis team started the season on a hot streak.
It won three of the first four events, including two victories with the final score of 7-2.
Since then, however, the team has fallen into a rut, only winning two events in the last nine opportunities.
Along with a four-game losing streak, the Golden Eagles are winless in conference competition this season, as it holds an 0-4 record with one event remaining.
The tennis team has shown many bright spots throughout the season in non-conference competition, but have not played up to its standards in PSAC events.
Out of the four completed conference events on the schedule, Clarion has lost three of them by a 9-0 final score.
The most recent shutout came back on April 5 against Edinboro University.
The last scheduled conference event of the season will be on April 13 at Slippery Rock against SRU.
The remaining events for Clarion will be held on April 15 and 18 against Mercyhurst University and Geneva College.
In the last three events, the Golden Eagles will be looking to finish the season on a high note and to reach the .500 mark.
It has not reached the .500 plateau since the 2011-12 season, where it went 8-7.
To finish the season at .500, the team needs to break out of its season long four-game losing streak against teams that have been tough to beat in the past.
The current losing streak started on March 25 in Greensburg, and has now surpassed Clarion’s season long losing streak of three.
Clarion will try to make a year of work pay off in the last three games, and try its hardest to end this year successfully.
Even though the Golden Eagles have not done as well as it hoped this season, the team still has a lot to be proud of.
A 5-8 record is something that can be improved upon, but at least the Golden Eagles have accomplished more than in previous seasons.
This year marks the second time that the Clarion tennis team has won five or more events in the last five years.
This feat provides hope that it will get better moving forward, especially in conference competition.
Clarion’s Golden Eagle tennis team will head into the final three events of the season looking to serve up some victories, and hopefully get to the .500 mark that this team has been searching for in the last five seasons.