The Blue Streaks women’s tennis team returned to action after their Spring Break trip to Orlando, Fla. by taking on neighborhood foe Case Western Reserve University. The women’s team had a very successful day, defeating the Spartans 7-2.
JCU dominated singles play, winning five of six matches. Freshman Maria Ciccolini, junior Anna Navatsyk, senior Meredith Skaggs, and sophomores Ashley Bauer and Athena Pappis all defeated their opponents from Case in straight sets. In all five of the winning matches, Case took only 13 games.
Ciccolini and Skaggs won 8-3 at at No. 1 doubles, and Navatsyk and junior Amy Marchlen at No. 2 doubles edged out the Spartans, also by a score of 8-3.
On the men’s side, they were never able to edge out the Spartans. Junior Matt Tomayko came the closest as he took it to the third set before eventually losing, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6. Senior James Steward also had a close singles match, but was set back by losing the first set in a tiebreaker.
After being swept by the Spartans, the Blue Streaks responded with a sweep of their own, knocking off Marietta College.
Steward and Tomayko were victorious at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Also chipping in victories were sophomore Chad Ruehs at No. 2 singles, sophomore Mike Finissi at No. 4 singles, senior Ross Venzke at No. 5 singles, and freshman Michael Hulseman at No. 6 singles.
Those six then paired up to sweep doubles play and come away with the 9-0 victory to improve to their record to 2-0 in conference play.
Both the men’s and the women’s teams will re-enter conference play this upcoming weekend as they head south to Bexley, Ohio, to take on the Capital Crusaders.