Grace Men 4, Marian 0
For the second time this season, Grace’s men’s tennis team upset No. 19 Marian.
On Thursday, Grace cruised to a 4-0 victory over the Knights (7-3) in the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.
The top two seeds in the league will face off Saturday in the tournament championship. No. 2 seed Grace will travel to top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan for an 11 a.m. match.
Thursday’s match saw Grace come out with energy from the first serve. Ramiro Candia and Mauricio Corty blanked their opponents at No. 3 doubles, and Max Rozas and Fabricio Galvan secured the doubles’ point with a 6-4 win at No. 2.
Rozas was lethal in singles, winning the top singles’ court 6-1, 6-0. Corty was also strong with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles.
Pavle Popovic wrapped up the semifinal victory with a 6-2, 6-3 scoreline at No. 5 singles.
The Lancers (11-1) will be playing in the conference tournament title match for the first time since 2012.
Marian Women 4, Grace 1
Grace’s women’s tennis team could not produce the upset of No. 24 Marian on Thursday, losing 4-1 in the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.
Grace nearly claimed the doubles’ point to start the match. Dayana Ortega and Jayna Armstrong were victorious at No. 1 doubles 6-2.
But the Knights (9-1) won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take an early advantage.
Marian quickly picked up the three points it needed during singles’ play to win the semifinal matchup. Lauryn Riegsecker was the only singles’ winner for Grace, picking up a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles.
The Lady Lancers will travel to IU Kokomo on Monday before tackling the ITA Tournament from Oct. 1-3.
Manchester 3, Tippecanoe Valley 2
The Squires and Vikings crossed racquets in a TRC battle held Thursday in Akron. All five matches were decided in straight sets with Manchester taking three for the team win.
Valley winners included Dylan Neese and Owen Kirchenstein on the two and three singles courts, respectively.
Manchester found winners in Brady Wiley at one singles as well as on both doubles courts from the pairings of Justin Hall/Ethan Espeset and Sam Hupp/Calvin Brown.
On the JV undercard, Valley found singles winners in Wyatt Reiter and Evan Harsh.
The Vikings will have their final dual of the season on Saturday when they travel to Wabash.