NorthWood 3, Concord 2
NorthWood gathered its first Northern Lakes Conference win of the season in edging Concord in Dunlap.
Four of the five matches were one-sided on paper. NorthWood’s Britton Jesse beat Dani Aplin two and one, which Concord’s Maddie Copsey returned the favor against Ashlyn Feller. Both of the doubles courts were nearly mirrored as well, NorthWood’s Amy Adams and Emery Porter beating Maggie Burkert and Addi May one and one, and Concord’s Kate Steele and Gracie Westlake taking a love and one final over Paige Henschen and Kate Stillson.
In the only match that broke the surface, Gabriella Umbower won a first set tiebreaker 7-6 (4), then put away Concord’s Rylee Brenneman 6-3 in the second set to give NorthWood (1-1, 1-0 NLC) the team win.
NorthWood won all 10 of the JV courts, five in singles and five in doubles play.
Eastern Michigan 6, Grace 1
Grace’s women’s tennis team made history by hosting Eastern Michigan at Miller Athletic Complex on Friday.
The Lady Lancers fell 6-1 to the Eagles. It marks the first time Grace has hosted an NCAA Div. I opponent in any sport in recent memory.
Grace dropped the doubles’ point although the team did win one court. Ellie Hughes and Morgan Mast won 6-4 at No. 3 doubles, but the Eagles won at No. 1 and 2 doubles.
The Lady Lancers (13-6) did manage to win a point in singles’ play. Kiersten Martin secured a two-set win, winning 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
Lauryn Riegsecker had the closest defeat for Grace, falling 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.
Grace will head to Elmhurst (Ill.) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.