Weber Weekly Word: Spring Sports in Action

Weber Weekly Word: Spring Sports in Action

by Brayden Evensen

With the basketball season in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean Weber State is done for the year. Plenty of spring sports remain for Wildcat fans to get excited about.

Men’s Tennis

The Weber State men’s tennis team has been in full swing lately. On March 8, 2022, the Wildcats had a road game at UC Irvine. Unfortunately, the Wildcats couldn’t generate enough offense to pick up the victory, and they ended up falling by a final score of 4-2. Despite the loss, head coach Brad Ferreira knows that they were playing against a highly ranked team and that his team is making progress.

“We lost a very close match to a team ranked seventy in the country,” Coach Ferreira said. “This was the best effort we have had all year. Impressive performances all around today.”

The Wildcats didn’t have much time to dwell on the loss, as their next game was against AZUSA Pacific University on March 9, 2022. The Wildcats were able to bounce back from a tough loss to UC Irvine and earn the close victory by a final score of 4-3.

After splitting their two road games, the Wildcats were happy to return home to face Idaho in a Big Sky Conference game on March 19, 2022. The Wildcats ended up in another close game down the stretch, but in the end they were able to hang on for the victory by a final score of 4-3. The Wildcat’s overall record is 6-10 and 2-1 in the Big Sky Conference.

The Wildcats have now won two games in a row as they embark on a four game road trip, beginning with a game against Montana on March 26, 2022. The Wildcats hope to continue their nice play as of late.

Softball

The Weber State softball season is in full swing. The Wildcats recently completed the San Diego Tournament, which was held from March 10-12.

The Wildcats first game was against San Diego State. The Wildcats had a tough time generating offense and they couldn’t keep up with the Aztecs. The result was a 9-1 loss that only lasted six innings.

The Wildcats didn’t have much time to dwell on the loss, as they had a rematch with the Aztecs on March 11, 2022. The Wildcats clearly learned from their mistakes from the first game, as the rematch went eight innings and they were able to split the doubleheader, winning 4-3.

The Wildcats didn’t have much time to rest because their next game was against CSUN on March 11, 2022. Fatigue was a factor in this game as neither team could generate much offense. In the end, CSUN defeated the Wildcats by a final score of 1-0.

A day of rest can do wonders for a team, as the Wildcats came out motivated and ran away with the rematch against CSUN, beating them 8-1 on March 12, 2022 and splitting the doubleheader in the process.

The final game of the San Diego Tournament was held on March 12, 2022 and it featured the Wildcats playing against the University of San Diego. With so many games in just a few days, it would have been easy to think that the Wildcats might be fatigued in this game. However, the opposite proved to be true, as the Wildcats did just enough to pick up the win and end the tournament on a good note. The Wildcats ended up beating San Diego by a final score of 3-1.

The Wildcats ended the San Diego Tournament with a 3-2 record. The Wildcats overall record is 20-6 with Big Sky Conference play yet to begin. The Wildcat’s next home game was against Utah Valley University on March 22, 2022 in Ogden. The Wildcats beat the Wolverines 7-0.

Women’s Tennis

The Weber State women’s tennis season is in full swing. The Wildcats have been on a roll lately, winning their last three matches.

On March 6, 2022, the Wildcats played a non-conference game at UC Irvine. Coming off of a tough loss to the University of Denver where the Wildcats sputtered offensively, they were looking to right the ship. They did just that, winning the match by a final score of 5-2. Head coach RuthAnn Allen said that she likes the overall progress of her team.

“We competed well and handled the change in altitude and outdoor play better than expected,” Allen said. “We are progressing as a team and we have different players stepping up and putting us in winning situations.”

The Wildcats next game was against UC San Diego on March 8, 2022. The Wildcats kept their foot on the gas throughout the match, and ended up earning the shutout victory by a final score of 4-0. Coach Allen was impressed by her team’s recent play.

“We played a solid match at UCSD to wrap up our spring break trip,” Allen said, “The team played smart and united. We are making good progress throughout our season and I am happy with where we are.”

The Wildcats returned home to play a Big Sky conference game against Eastern Washington on March 20, 2022. The Wildcats proved that their recent play is no fluke, controlling the match throughout and earning a nice victory over the Eagles by a final score of 6-1 and increasing their overall winning streak to three. The Wildcats’ overall record is 9-6 and 3-0 in the Big Sky Conference. Coach RuthAnn Allen is impressed with her team’s resiliency.

“We played solid tennis today against Eastern Washington,” Coach Allen said. “They made us work hard and we responded well.”

The Wildcats hit the road for four games now, beginning with a trip to Montana to face the Grizzlies on March 26, 2022. The Wildcats hope that they can keep up the recent momentum on this road trip.

Featured image courtesy Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

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