Austin Troutman – Staff Writer
Clarion’s Golden Eagle tennis team did not finish the season the way that it would have hoped. The season ends on Tuesday, April 18 and with a win, the team will finish at 6-10. The Golden Eagles did not compete up to standards against conference competitors as it held a final season record of 0-5 in PSAC events.
The last three events of the season did not help, as the team dropped each by a 9-0 final score. The most recent loss came on April 15 at Mercyhurst University. The Golden Eagles have been struggling for a while, as they have dropped six straight events heading into the season finale against Geneva College.
The last loss marked the third consecutive event in which it lost by the final score of 9-0. The new hope is that next season can bring new opportunity to shine and bring better results and possibly reach .500 for the first time in five years.
The Golden Eagles have some potential to become a noteworthy team. One main area to improve upon for next season, however, is playing in events away from home. Clarion’s tennis team posted a 4-4 home record (.500), but away from Clarion, it could only win once in seven attempts (.143).
For the Golden Eagles, like any other sports team, is to be able to string together victories instead of losses throughout the season. This is easier said than done, but the team this season only had a winning streak of two twice in the year. Along with just those two-game winning streaks, it also currently carries a losing streak of six events to end the season. Adjustments must be made for any team to improve, but for the Golden Eagles, the biggest aspect of play to focus upon is consistency.
At some points in the season, Clarion somewhat looked like a different team depending on the week. For instance, each win for the Golden Eagles was by a margin of at least 6-3, with one 9-0 victory this season. However, the most points that the team collected in a loss was four, but half of the season’s losses had a final score of 9-0. One game left on the season for Clarion’s Golden Eagle tennis team, and afterwards it will prepare for improvement for next year.