Women’s tennis stayed positive despite ‘shaky’ season

Closing out the regular season, the Golden Eagles fall to Azusa Pacific 1-6 at the Cal State LA Tennis Complex on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023. Photo by Xavier Zamora.

The women’s tennis team has been through some rough patches this season but also had some great records to celebrate.

During the women tennis team’s last match in early April against Azusa Pacific, one of the top teams in their conference and in Division ll in general, the team got to celebrate their only senior, Savaughna Mayo, at Senior Day.

“We put up balloons and decorations around the courts,” said Courtlyn Lam, a sophomore tennis player. “We made a poster with Savaughna’s name and with notes on it from the team. We gave her flowers and our coach had a little speech for her.”

Lam said that the team had some close doubles and singles matches.

“Everyone played their hearts out knowing it could be our last game,” she said. “It was really close in the doubles matches but we came up just short against them. Hideka Takamura secured a point for the team in a 10-point tiebreaker.”

Lam and Mayo are some of the players that stood out this season. Mayo played doubles three with Lam and played five and six singles.

“This season she has had a great record when reaching a third set in singles,” Lam said. “Mayo is an aggressive baseline with a crazy lefty serve. Being a lefty in tennis is really good for serving because the ball, most of the time curves into the opponent’s body.”

Lam thinks that this season has been a little “shaky” and the weather has not been helped this season either.

“We’ve had some cold and windy matches,” she said. “Also, injuries have made it hard to have enough players for some matches.”

Lam said that the team only had seven players, so if one or two are injured, it makes things difficult. The PacWest Conference competition has been very competitive this year and all teams have been recruiting hard to get even better players.

“We hope to make conference next,” she said. “This season was tough but we stayed positive and learned a lot to come back stronger next year.”

The team finished with an overall record of 3-13 and looks to improve on that next season.