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MARION, Ind. - Up against the league’s best, the HU women’s tennis team became Indiana Wesleyan’s latest victim Thursday afternoon at the Sutter Tennis Center by suffering a 9-0 loss in their last regular season match of the fall.

With this win, the Wildcats (11-0) wrap up the regular season with a perfect 8-0 league record and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Crossroads League tournament. IWU has lost just one singles match to a conference foe this season.

Despite the lopsided score, the Foresters didn’t go down without a fight. Morgan Bemisderfer and Celine Rongos gave IWU’s #1 twosome of Katie Wilson and Lucia Solis, this year’s ITA regional doubles champs, all they could handle before falling to the duo 8-7 (7-1). Alexis Allen and Anastasiia Evstifeeva teamed up No. 3 doubles to push Kelsey Vessels and Ellen Hornett to their limit but eventually gave way to a 9-7 loss.

The Foresters (9-2) head into the tourney with a league record of 6-2 which lands them the No.3 seed.

No. 1 Rachel Bottorff (IWU) def. Constanze Golz (HU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Lucia Solis (IWU) def. Morgan Bemisderfer (HU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 Katie Wilson (IWU) def. Celine Rongos (HU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Mikayla Marazzi (IWU) def. Haley Kuppler (HU) 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 Marissa Klein (IWU) def. Alexis Allen (HU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 Kelsey Vessels (IWU) def. Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) 6-2, 6-1

No. 1 Wilson/Solis (IWU) def. Bemisderfer/Rongos (HU) 8-7 (7-1)
No. 2 Bottorff/Alex Mella (IWU) def. Golz/Kuppler (HU) 8-3
No. 3 Vessels/Ellen Hornett (IWU) def. Allen/Evstifeeva (HU) 9-7

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.