For the John Carroll University men’s tennis team, only one word really sums up what they have done as of late: dominate.
Since coming back from Easter Break, the men’s team has rattled off three straight Ohio Athletic Conference victories, knocking off Otterbein College, Wilmington College and Heidelberg University by a combined score of 26-1.
While the entire team has played great tennis in the recent weeks, no. 1 singles player James Steward has garnered attention over the last week, as he has earned his 100th victory as a Blue Streak.
Late Tuesday, the team lost to Baldwin-Wallace College by a score of 7-2 with Steward and the doubles team of sophomore Chad Ruehs and junior Matt Tomayko picking up the victories.
With back-to-back wins in the past week over Heidelberg University and Wilmington College, the Blue Streaks women’s tennis team catapulted themselves into third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings, one match ahead of Otterbein College in the win column. The Blue Streaks will meet Otterbein this weekend in what could have huge implications for tournament seeding.
Track and Field
At the unscored Sparky Adams Invitational held by Baldwin-Wallace College, the women’s team was led by their jumpers. Senior Tara Ford notched a first place finish in the high jump by clearing 1.62 meters.
Senior Maura Stepanski and graduate student Katie Winings finished first and second, respectively, in the long jump.
Winings, Stepanski and freshman Cassandra Figueroa all garnered top-six finishes in the triple jump.
As for the men, freshman Kasey Schwing stole the show. He had four top-six finishes, his best finish coming in the 200-meter dash where he placed third.
Sophomore David Hickey placed second in the 400-meter hurdles, and freshman Mike Hlatky also claimed a second-place finish in the high jump event by clearing 1.92 meters.
The top-ten finishers led the Blue Streaks to the Ohio Athletic Conference Spring Invitational title. Junior Blake Furgerson, who shot a 217 in the 54-hole event, won the individual title, edging out senior teammate Kevin Bove by one shot. Bove tied with Ohio Northern University’s Ben Kretz for second. JCU junior A.J. Spalding placed ninth.
The Blue Streaks finished with a team total of 884 strokes. The next closest team was Ohio Northern who ended up with a 912. ONU and the fifth-place team, Mount Union College, were separated by just seven strokes. It was pretty much the Blue Streaks and then everybody else.
At the Wittenberg University Spring Invitational held last weekend in Springfield, Ohio, things didn’t exactly go the Blue Streaks’ way on the first day. After day one of competition, the Blue Streaks score of 385 was good for tenth place in the 12-team field.
However, a superb showing in day two that saw them knock 26 strokes off their day-one total aided them to a ninth-place finish. Leading the way for the Blue Streaks were sophomore Ashley Pettibon, who finished 31st, and freshman Kristen Courtney, who placed 44th.