WINONA LAKE — Grace’s women’s tennis team found itself in an early hole against Huntington on Wednesday.
The Lady Lancers, playing singles first, lost the first set in four of the six singles matchups. But after a series of comebacks, Grace wound up winning four of those matches en route to a 5-2 win.
The victory keeps the Lady Lancers (3-0, 3-0 Crossroads League) tied atop the league standings with Indiana Wesleyan.
Dayana Ortega and Jayna Armstrong were steady to provide wins for Grace. Ortega won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, and Armstrong claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 4.
The other two singles’ wins came from the Mast sisters. Morgan Mast dropped the first set 6-3 at No. 5 singles, but she rallied to win the next two sets in tiebreakers with a scoreline of 7-6(3), 7-6(7).
Emily Mast also lost the opening set 6-3 at No. 1 singles before charging back with two straight victories (7-5, 6-1).
Armstrong teamed up with Carrie Copeland for a 6-2 victory at No. 2 doubles, and Morgan Mast and Gretchen Adams won 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.
“I’m super proud of our girls and their energy tonight. Huntington is an excellent program and very well coached, and they’ve really had our number for the past few years,” said Grace head coach Marcus Moore. “Morgan’s resiliency showed because she worked so hard this summer. Dayana and Jayna took care of business, and Emily fought back to beat a tough opponent. Definitely a great team win.”
The Lady Lancers remain at home Thursday, welcoming Manchester at 4:30 p.m.
Lancer men sweep Huntington
The unbeaten start continued for Grace’s men’s tennis team with a 7-0 win over Huntington at home on Wednesday.
The Lancers (4-0, 3-0 Crossroads League) are tied for first place in the Crossroads League with Indiana Wesleyan after Wednesday’s match.
Grace was dominant at Miller Athletic Complex, winning in straight sets at all six singles courts. The Lancers also took all three doubles courts for a clean sweep.
Pavle Popovic and Milan Savic had the closest victory in doubles, winning 7-5 at No. 1. Max Rozas and Fabricio Galvan (6-2) cruised at No. 2 doubles, and Mauricio Corty and Ramiro Candia (6-1) were even better at No. 3.
Singles play was a complete rout for the Lancers. Rozas won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and Popovic earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2.
Galvan won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and Candia won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. Savic did not lose a game at No. 5 singles, and Corty was nearly as good with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6.
The Lancers will head to Indiana Tech on Thursday.