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Forester tennis teams sweep Mt. Vernon Nazarene

- Article provided by Huntington University

MEN’S TENNIS

For the second time this season, the Forester men’s tennis team blanked a conference opponent with today’s 7–0 W coming at the expense of Mount Vernon Nazarene at Klopfenstein Courts. HU’s first sweep was against Saint Francis on Saturday.

The day saw straight sets wins except at No. 3 singles where Sabastian Salas mounted an impressive come from behind win, 4–6, 7–5, 1–0, over Drew Jackson. Huntington moves to 3–4 overall, 3–2 in league play. The loss leaves the Cougars still searching for their first league win as they drop to 1–5 overall, 0–5 in CL action.

The Foresters now turn their attention to a home match against No. 22 IWU on Saturday at 10 a.m.

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Illia Turaba/Sebastian Salas (HU) def. Danny Mayotte/Drew Jackson (MVNU) 6–4

No. 2 — Diego Tapia/Mateo Ameller (HU) def. Justin Haggard/Logan Gauthier (MVNU) 6–2

No. 3 — Ethan Hyde/Andrew Yoder (HU) def. Hunter Winey/Vince LoPrinzi (MVNU) 7–5

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Turaba (HU) def. Mayotte (MVNU) 6–0, 7–6

No. 2 — Ameller (HU) def. Haggard (MVNU) 6–1, 6–2

No. 3 — Salas (HU) def. Jackson (MVNU) 4–6, 7–5, 1–0

No. 4 — Tapia (HU) def. Gauthier (MVNU) 6–2, 6–2

No. 5 — Brody Worl (HU) def. Winey (MVNU) 6–4, 6–2

No. 6 — Ethan Hyde (HU) def. Anthony Howard (MVNU) 6–3, 6–0

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Despite playing without their No. 1, Meg Dolde, the HU women’s tennis team made quick work of Mount Vernon by sweeping the visiting Cougars 7–0 Tuesday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts.

Molly Burton and Makenzie Logan outlasted Ashley Weber and Hailey Clayborn in No. 3 doubles, 7–6 (7–5), for the closest match of the day as Huntington improves to 4–3 overall, 3–2 in league play. The Cougars’ record stands at 1–4 overall, and the same record in CL action, with their win a 7–0 sweep over Goshen.

“Our No. 1 player, Meg Dolde, was unavailable for the match so everyone had to play up a spot in the lineup,” said Coach Ferguson. “Everyone handled the added pressure well and performed as expected.”

Next up is another home match on Thursday against IU Kokomo at 4 p.m.

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 — Charlotte Solli/Lanae Singleton (HU) def. Hannah Fugate/Casey Clark (MVNU) 6–1

No. 2 — Morgan Fitzpatrick/Lisa Colling (HU) def. Sarah Young/Alyson Landis (MVNU) 6–0

No. 3 — Makenzie Logan/Molly Burton (HU) def. Ashley Weber/Hailey Clayborn (MVNU) 7–6 (7–5)

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 — Solli (HU) def. Fugate (MVNU) 6–4, 6–2

No. 2 — Singleton (HU) def. Clark (MVNU) 6–0, 6–4

No. 3 — Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Clayborn (MVNU) 6–1, 6–2

No. 4 — Colling (HU) def. Landis (MVNU) 6–0, 6–0

No. 5 — Burton (HU) def. Weber (MVNU) 6–4, 6–2

No. 6 — Logan (HU) def. Laurel Sidle (MVNU) 6–3, 6–0

VOLLEYBALL

Long rallies characterized Tuesday night’s match in Platt Arena which eventually favored the visiting Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene over the HU volleyball team, 25–23, 24–26, 25–21, 25–23. It’s just the second league match of the season and didn’t disappoint as fans more than got their monies worth in the two-hour affair.

For the Foresters, they drop to 6–6 on the year, 0–2 in CL action, while MVNU still boasts just one loss against 12 wins and a perfect 2–0 league record.

Scrappy defense is a trademark of both teams so it wasn’t too surprising that they combined for 150 digs on the night. Ariene Butler headlined HU’s defense with 23 digs while Paige Eakright and Nicole Flickinger added 18 and 12 respectively. Ellie Ruby finished with a match high 24 to top four Cougars with double digit digs.

Offense proved just as intense. Herber’s crew posted 64 kills on 161 swings for a .242 hitting percentage while their visitors went 51 for 148 for a .216 hitting percentage.

Eakright took top hitting honors with 18 kills. Lindsay Ingenito and Tya Bynum each established new career highs of 16 and ten kills respectively while Brandy Michie posted a season best 14 kills. Bynum also had an outstanding night at the net defensively by finishing with a match high 2.5 blocks, two of which were of the solo variety.

As always, Jennings Tacosik did a little bit of everything for her team by logging a career best 52 assists, eight digs and three aces.

One area the Cougars exploited in HU’s defense was the off-speed attack as noted by Herber. “We played a great match tonight, but we did not pick up nearly as many tips as we should. This shows that letting our guard down in just one area can be a difference-maker in regards to the outcome of a match.

“I believe Taylor and Mount Vernon both beat us by utilizing the soft shot game. Therefore, we are going to work extremely hard in practice this week on defense so that come Friday and Saturday, we do not get burnt on tips. We need to play with the mentality that says we refuse to let a ball hit the floor in front of us.”

The Foresters will look to get back on the winning track Friday when they travel to Goshen for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Maple Leafs.