New Paltz routs Lakers in regular season opener

The Laker women’s tennis team lost their first match of the season Tuesday against SUNY New Paltz, 9-0.

Freshmen Lauren MacHose and Nicole Leader provided a spark for Oswego State with their number one doubles match. The two played the closest match of the day, losing 8-4 against New Paltz seniors Stephanie Schara and Lindsey Garyn.

Even with the score at 9-0, the Laker women seemed happy with their play during the match.

"It’s a loss, but it’s a loss taken with a lot of good things that came out of it," coach Erin Skaradek said.

No one else seems too worried about this loss either. The Hawks were second in the SUNYAC last season and, according to Skaradek, will be "some of the best competition we will see all year."

On top of that, all the players came off the court looking for things to improve on.

"I know we can improve throughout the season," Lauren MacHose said. "This is a really good team."

With only one senior on the team the Lakers seem to be in a rebuilding year and MacHose thinks they will do just fine.

"We have only been here for two weeks and set up doubles strategies a few days ago," MacHose said. "Looking at the scores, I think it shows we have already started to (grow)."

The connection between Leader and MacHose was remarkable considering they met only a few weeks ago. They have started to hang out off the court and it seemed to help them on it as well.

According to Skaradek, seeing the match Tuesday would be much better than reading about it and the score did not reflect the points played. There were a lot of points that were just about timing and it seems that the girls will improve on that the more they play this season.