NOTEBOOK: Dragons tennis and softball enjoy success in Florida

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Martin Schlegel

schlegelma@mnstate.edu

Back from week-long trips to Florida, the MSUM tennis and softball teams are looking to keep their respective hot streaks.

While on spring break, Dragons tennis played five games in Orlando, Florida while the softball team played 10 games in Clermont, Florida. Both teams combined for a 10-5 record.

Tennis

The Dragons lost only once, 7-2 to Findlay, in Florida. The team defeated Ohio Northern, Christian Brothers, Seton Hall, and Saint Francis. Sophomore Alexis Konecne led MSUM, winning all five of her singles matches. Sophomore Alyssa Wolf and Senior Ricquel Ramsbottom each earned three wins in singles play.

In doubles play, sophomore Emma Zamora and Ramsbottom won four out of five, while the pair of Julia Greske and Olivia Keelin won three of five.

Overall, the Dragons improved its pre-Florida 5-1 record to 10-2, just two wins shy of last season’s total.

Softball

Arguably just as hot was the MSUM softball team. The Dragons picked up wins over Felician College, Notre Dame College, Nyack College, Holy Family University, University of the Sciences, and Assumption College.

Sophomore Madison Paige, freshman Ashley McCance and Becky Berth led the way for MSUM. Paige, the Dragons’ current leader at the plate, went 16-for-33. She also scored nine runs and drove in 11 RBIs. McCance, who hits lower in the order but has been productive nonetheless, went 10-for-27 while scoring seven runs and driving in six RBIs.

On the mound, Berth found her groove, winning all five of her starts. She also leads the Dragons with six wins this season. In her five victories, she pitched four complete games, while striking out 24 batters. At the plate, Berth went 5-for-13, while driving in three RBIs.

The Dragons, after a slow start to the season, compiled a 6-4 record in Florida and improved to 7-11 overall.

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