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HU suffers first loss at the hands of Marian

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  - The Knights of Marian University handed the Forester women’s tennis team its first loss of the season, a 6-3 decision, Tuesday afternoon at the UIndy Tennis Center. With this loss, HU drops to 9-1 overall, 6-1 in conference play.

The Foresters still have to face Indiana Wesleyan, the only remaining undefeated team in the league, on Thursday to determine their final seeding in the Crossroads League tournament slated for next week. For Marian, they wrap-up the regular season with a conference record of 7-1 to lock-in at the No. 2 spot for the tourney.

The Knights enjoyed an early lead by sweeping doubles before splitting the six spots in singles action to hang on for the win. Three of the singles matches featured three-set finishes with Coach Ferguson’s gritty Forester squad claiming two of them.

Morgan Bemisderfer outlasted Grace Neathery, 6-3, 3-6 (10-8), at #2 singles while Anastasiia Evstifeeva mounted an impressive comeback at the sixth spot. After dropping the first set, 4-6, the rookie stormed back for a 6-2 win and then ran away with the tie-breaker, 10-3, for the win over Colleen Yager.

Constanze Golz was HU’s only other winner. She logged a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Audrey Rang at No. 1 singles.

“We played well but it wasn't enough against a quality team like Marian,” said Coach Ferguson. “We put ourselves in a deep hole by not getting any team points from our doubles. A point from any of our doubles teams plus a point or two in a tiebreaker and we win 5-4."

No. 1 Constanze Golz (HU) def. Audrey Rang (MU) 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 Morgan Bemisderfer (HU) def. Grace Neathery (MU) 6-3, 3-6 (10-8)
No. 3 Maria Sunga (MU) def. Celine Rongos (HU) 2-6, 6-2 (10-5)
No. 4 Elise Betscher (MU) def. Haley Kuppler (MU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 Alex Griebling (MU) def. Alexis Allen (HU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) def. Colleen Yager (MU) 4-6, 6-2 (10-3)

No. 1 Rang/Betscher (MU) def. Bemisderfer/Rongos (HU) 8-2
No. 2 Neathery/Sunga (MU) def. Golz/Kuppler (HU) 8-6
No. 3 Yarger/Anna Potter (MU) def. Allen/Evstifeeva (HU) 8-4

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.