A little rain did not stop senior Klara Pribylova from gutting in the her final point, as she took the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine tennis team to victory on senior day.
The Rainbow Wahine (9-6, 5-2 Big West Conference) aced their last home game with a 6-0 win against UC Riverside (4-7, 07 BWC).
The matches were scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m, but, Friday night’s storm on Oʻahu lingered over campus and pushed the start time back to 12:00 p.m.
Singles competition started the day due to impending rain.
No. 73 sophomore Petra Melounova improved 12-3 in her overall season and 5-1 in conference play as she dominated her match 6-0, 6-1 against UCR’s Karla Dulay.
No. 5 sophomore Michelle Pitts won her first set 7-5, but retired due to injury.
Junior Roxanne Resma continued the team’s momentum with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over UCR’s Tracy Van.
Saturday’s game marked the last home game for seniors Marina Hruba and Klara Pribylova . Both managed to win their final home match and left the Hawai‘i courts victorious.
Hruba swept a 6-1, 6-2 win for her sixth singles win of the season.
“Unfortunately the conditions weren’t that great, it was raining a little bit. But, I think we handled it pretty well, everyone played really great. I’m really glad it went the way it did,” Hruba said.
Pribylova closed out the last singles match and managed to take the first set, 6-1. However, nerves got the best of her and lost the second set, 4-6. After regrouping, she managed to come back and win the tiebreaker, 10-6.
“I started off really good, but then I realized that this is actually my last match at home and I got really nervous. But I finished well,” said Pribylova.
Doubles competition was ended prematurely due to passing showers and neither team secured the doubles point.
“We’re working on being more consistent and being aggressive. I think we got the work done last week and it paid off today and the girls did a great job with that,” head coach Jun Hernandez said.
The Rainbow Wahine are now 5-2 in conference play and 9-6 in their overall season.
The Rainbow Wahine will travel to Northridge, California to face the CSUN Matadors in their final match of their regular season, on April 22.