Despite adding four new players to their roster this season, the University of South Dakota women’s tennis team didn’t struggle to find rhythm in their first tournament of the season.
The Coyotes traveled to Peoria, Ill., from Sept. 9-11 and competed at the Bradley Invitational.
There, USD went 4-2 in singles play and 2-2 in doubles matches.
Head coach Malcolm Gilreath said he was proud of his team’s performance in Illinois.
“We added some players and have quite a few players returning so our depth really showed,” Gilreath said. “It was fun because it was beautiful weather, it was competitive and we’re also going to play some of those teams in the spring — they got a look at us and we got a look at teams.”
The reason for the Coyotes’ success early in the season is their doubles roster, Gilreath said.
“Our doubles have really improved,” he said. “This year, we have more depth, we’ve changed the chemistry of the team just by bringing in the players and that’s our focus right now.”