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HU breezes past Bethel 8-1 to advance to the semis

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – It was déjà vu Tuesday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts where the 3rd-seeded Forester women’s tennis team breezed past 6th-seeded Bethel College 8-1 in quarterfinal action of the Crossroads League tournament.

On September 24, HU posted the exact same score against the Pilots (8-6) except this time the stakes were higher as the win sends Coach Ferguson’s crew into the semifinals while the loss brings BC’s fall season to an end.

The Foresters (8-2) were quick to set the tone by easily sweeping doubles before collecting five wins in singles play. Bethel’s lone win came at the No. 6 spot, the same point earned the last time these two teams clashed.

Coach Ferguson was pleased with how his team came out of the gate. “The team played some of the best doubles of the season and our singles kept up the momentum to finish the team match strong.”

Huntington will travel to Marian University on Thursday to face the 2nd-seeded Knights in the semifinals of the tourney. The Foresters will look to avenge a 7-2 regular season loss to MU in hopes of advancing to the championship match on Saturday against the winner of top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan and 5th-seeded Grace.

No. 1 - Constanze Golz (HU) def. Taylor Freedline (BC) 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 - Morgan Bemisderfer (HU) def. Caroline Boger (BC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 - Celine Rongos (HU) def. Abbey VanDiver (BC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 - Meg Dolde (HU) def. Rachel Jennings (BC) 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 - Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) def. Chase Kieper (BC) 6-1, 6-1 
No. 6 - Adrianna Ward (BC) def. Kathleen Morrical (HU) 6-3, 6-3

No. 1 - Bemisderfer/Rongos (HU) def. Freedline/Boger (BC) 8-2
No. 2 - Dolde/Golz (HU) def. Jennings/VanDiver (BC) 8-0
No. 3 - Evsifeeva/Kerrie Ecker (HU) def. Kieper/Stephanie Cressman (BC) 8-2

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.