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HU tennis rolls past Grace 6-3 in season opener

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WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Forester women’s tennis team (1-0, 1-0) opened up the season with a hard fought 6-3 conference win over Grace College (1-2, 1-2) Saturday afternoon at Miller Field.  

Playing in her first collegiate match, freshman Meg Dolde tallied two points for HU by teaming up with Constanze Golz at No. 2 doubles for an 8-5 victory over Carrie Copeland and Molly Fitzpatrick before cruising to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Fitzpatrick at No. 4 singles.

Golz and Morgan Bemisderfer were also double winners for Coach Ferguson’s crew. Golz’s second win came at No. 1 singles where she gave up just two games for an easy 6-0, 6-2 decision over Natalia Kurkova.  

Bemisderfer partnered up with Celine Rongos for an 8-5 win over Kurkova and Jenna Jackson at No. 1 doubles after which she easily topped Jackson 6-1, 6-1 at the three spot in singles action.

“This was a tough season opener for our team,” noted Ferguson. “Grace is a very talented team and always plays hard. Nerves were a factor early in our match but our players settled down and worked through it for a team win.”

The Foresters host Indiana Tech Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in their home opener.

No. 1 - Constanze Golz (HU) def. Natalia Kurkova (GrC) 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 – Carrie Copeland (GrC) def. Celine Rongos (HU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Morgan Bemisderfer (HU) def. Jenna Jackson (GrC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Meg Dolde (HU) def. Holly Fitzpatrick (GrC) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 - Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) def. Gabrielle Lawrence (GrC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Kathleen Morrical (HU) def. Jayna Huber (GrC) 6-1, 6-2

No. 1 – Bemisderfer/Rongos (HU) def. Kurkova/Jackson (GrC) 8-5
No. 2 – Golz/Dolde (HU) def. Copeland/Fitzpatrick (GrC) 8-5
No. 3 – Lawrence/Mariah Lewis (GrC) def. Evstifeeva/Morrical (HU) 8-4

Huber/Rachel Smith (GrC) def. Allison Smith/Kerrie Ecker (HU) 8-1
Shelby Bankson (GrC) def. Erin Van Kampen (HU) 8-6

Huntington will play under the lights at Indiana Tech on September 3 at 7:00 p.m.
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.