Keilani Bonis-Ericksen (senior) won 6-1, 6-3 at number one singles against UC-Santa Cruz, and won number one doubles 8-4 with partner Samantha Farrell in the same match. The two also clinched a 9-8 victory in their match against Pacific University, 9-8.
“I was very exhausted coming into my match against Pacific, having played a total of seven matches in a span of 10 days,” Bonis-Ericksen said via email. “However, I knew we had a good chance against UCSC so I came out energized, and motivated to play a competitive match. Samantha [Farrell, doubles partner] and I played an excellent doubles match, so that helped my mental game coming into my singles match. I focused on moving my feet and closing out the games in which I was ahead, and these factors helped me to win my match.”
Outfielder Jack Brancheau (first year) had a big day at the plate during Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Redlands. In the first game, he went 2 for 4 with three runs and one RBI and followed up the performance by going 3 for 5 and adding another run and RBI in Game 2. The Tigers won the series and moved into first place in the SCIAC.
“I was excited that we were having success because we have been working very hard,” Brancheau said via email. “Because of how hard we had worked I was never worried when we fell behind.”