Northridge 5, Wawasee 0
It was an NLC struggle for the Warriors on Thursday night. The Warriors dropped all five matches in an NLC contest at Northridge, dropping their record to 6-9 overall, 0-5 in the conference round robin. All five Wawasee matches were lost in straight sets to their Raider opponents.
Wawasee has the weekend to regroup before travelling south to face Kosciusko County and NLC rival Warsaw next Tuesday afternoon.
NorthWood 3, Goshen 2
The Panthers earned a much needed conference win against the Redhawks in a Thursday battle in Goshen. Ben Vincent won his one singles match against freshman Pi Wellington in straight sets, one and one.
The two NorthWood doubles teams of Gage Gongwer/Treyton Martin and Brad Demitruk/Chaz Yoder earned hard-fought three set victories to secure the team win for the Panthers. The win raised the Panthers’ overall record to 2-6, 2-2 in the NLC. The team will travel to Westview for a non-conference matchup on Monday afternoon.
Grace men continues dominant start to year
Grace’s men’s tennis team picked up two more wins on Thursday, improving to 3-0 on the young season.
The Lancers (3-0, 3-0 Crossroads League) routed St. Francis and Spring Arbor, both by the score of 7-0. The doubleheader was played at SAU as part of the league’s COVID-adjusted schedule.
Grace has not lost a point yet, winning all three of its matches this year 7-0.
The Lancers had a built-in advantage against St. Francis in the opener. USF had to default at No. 3 doubles, No. 5 singles and No. 6 singles.
Pavle Popovic and Jacob Gray battled to a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles, and Milan Savic and Ivan Antinori teamed up for a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles.
Grace used a unique lineup in singles’ play to rest for the doubleheader. David Sandi won at the top singles’ position, 6-0, 6-1, and Kye Barrett ground out a three-set win at No. 2 singles (6-2, 3-6, 10-5).
Francisco Margaria (No. 3 singles) and Antinori (No. 4 singles) cruised to straight set singles’ wins.
In the second match of the day, Grace made quick work of the host SAU. Popovic and Sandi (No. 1 doubles), Max Rozas and Fabricio Galvan (No. 2) and Ramiro Candia and Mauricio Corty (No. 3) all won in doubles to give Grace an early edge.
The singles’ competition was similar. Only Candia at No. 2 singles (6-4, 2-6, 10-6) needed three sets to win. Rozas earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles, and Galvan, Sandi, Popovic and Corty won in straight sets at No. 2-6 singles respectively.
The Lancers will travel to Goshen for their next doubleheader, taking on Goshen and Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
Lady Lancers win pair in Michigan
The Grace College women’s tennis team picked up a pair of wins over Crossroads League opponents St. Francis and Spring Arbor on Thursday.
In the first match of the afternoon, the Lady Lancers cruised to a 7-0 win over the Cougars (1-3, 1-3 CL).
Jayna Armstrong and Dayana Ortega started the day off with a perfect 6-0 win in doubles action. Ellie Hughes and Lauryn Riegsecker clinched the doubles’ point for Grace with a hard fought 6-4 win.
Anna Graves and Gretchen Adams also won their doubles’ contest 6-1.
At the top singles’ spot for the Lady Lancers, Hughes won 6-3, 6-1. Ortega swept both sets (6-0) at the No. 2 spot, and Graves clinched the match with a pair of victories, (6-1, 6-3) at No. 3 singles.
The remaining Lady Lancers — Riegsecker (No. 4 singles), Morgan Mast (No. 5) and Kiersten Martin (No. 6) — also picked up two-set victories.
Grace capped off the day with a 5-2 victory over the host Spring Arbor (2-2, 1-2 CL).
The Lady Lancers once again took the doubles’ point with all three pairs winning their sets.
Armstrong and Ortega won doubles 6-1 from the top slot. Hughes and Riegsecker along with Martin and Mast each won their matches 6-3 to blank the Cougars in doubles.
Grace faced its first adversity of the day when they dropped the top singles’ court.
Armstrong responded well for the Lady Lancers winning in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) from the No. 3 slot. Ortega also picked up a 2-1 win by default.
Riegsecker and Martin secured the win for Grace, winning in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively.
The Lady Lancers will return to action on Friday at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Adrian.