WINONA LAKE – The Grace College women’s tennis team eked out a 5-4 victory over Bethel on Tuesday.
The Lady Lancers (8-4, 4-4 Crossroads League) split the singles’ courts but had a 2-1 advantage in doubles to carry the day.
Natalia Kurkova and Molly Fitzpatrick won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, and Gabrielle Lawrence and Mariah Lewis won by the same score at No. 3 to get Grace started on a strong note.
Grace defeated the Pilots (6-5, 3-5 CL) in singles at No. 1, 3 and 5. Kurkova completed her perfect day with a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles, and Lawrence followed suit with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 5
Jenna Jackson earned the final point at No. 3 singles, battling back from a one-set deficit to win by a scoreline of 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The victory ends the league season for Grace, meaning the Lady Lancers will finish fifth in the standings. Grace still has two nonconference matches remaining at home, including Indiana Tech on Wednesday and Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.