On Saturday, April 9, the John Carroll University men’s tennis team was able to pull off an impressive win over the rival Baldwin-Wallace Yellows Jackets this past weekend in University Heights, Ohio. The Blue Streaks were trailing the Yellow Jackets after doubles competition, but battled back with clutch wins in singles competition to clinch the win over Baldwin-Wallace.
Junior Michael Hulseman and freshman Sean Graham teamed up to secure the Blue Streaks’ only win in doubles competition, winning by a score of 8-6 over the Yellow Jackets.
However, singles competition is where the Blue Streaks stole the show. The Blue Streaks won five of the six total matches in singles play, and it was enough to bring JCU back from a 2-1 deficit to give them the 6-3 win on the day.
In singles competition, Graham, Hulseman, sophomore Ryan Mullaney and senior Chad Ruehs were all able to win their matches against the Yellow Jackets in straight sets. Sophomore Rico Certo was also able to win his match in singles competition, as he had to bounce back from losing 6-3 in the first set to win the following two sets by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.
“It was a good win for us,” said Graham. “They’re one of the top teams in the conference and we needed that one.”
Saturday, April 9 marked the first time this season that the JCU women’s tennis team was able to compete outside. However, the Blue Streaks struggled to overcome a Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets team that is among the top teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference as the Blue Streaks lost by a final score of 8-1.
Sophomore Maria Ciccolini and junior Cassie Simmelink bounced back from an early deficit in doubles competition to clinch an 8-6 victory and earn the lone doubles point for the Blue Streaks.
The pairing of junior Allison Mora and senior Deanna Bouchahine almost came away with a win for the Blue Streaks, but fell 7-2 in a tiebreaker to lose the match by a narrow score of 8-7.
With the win, Baldwin-Wallace improves their record to 10-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while John Carroll’s record is 3-10 overall and 1-2 in Ohio Athletic Conference competition.
Men’s track and field
The John Carroll University men’s track and field teams competed in the University of Mount Union John Homon Invitational this past weekend and despite it being an unscored event, the Blue Streaks continued to make improvements all around.
The Blue Streaks used the John Homon Invitational to keep sharp as they prepare for the All-Ohio Championships which take place this weekend. Sophomore John Jackson finished in eighth place in the 800 meter run, as he broke the two-minute mark for the first time this season with a 1:59.35. Fellow sophomore Anthony Colbert also competed in the 800 meter run, finishing only a few seconds behind Jackson with a time of 2:02.41.
In the 400 hurdles, senior David Hickey won the event with an impressive time of 55.53 and junior Mike Coughlin finished the event shortly after Hickey, finishing with a solid time of 59.45.
Other impressive finishes came from sophomore Bill Zaccardelli, who finished eighth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.39 seconds and senior Lou Galiano who finished third in the shot put competition with a toss of 15.01 meters. Freshman Anthony Chizmadia also competed in the shot put competition, coming up with his best throw of the season, tossing it 12.31 meters.
Sophomore Mike Minjock would have won the long jump event as he cleared 6.79 meters, but it was an unscored meet.
The Blue Streaks finished the meet off on the right foot, as the 4×400 quartet of Mule, Spasiuk, Jackson and sophomore Evan Bellan finished with their best time of the season with a time of 3:25.31.
Women’s track and field
The JCU women’s track and field team also competed in the John Homon Invitational at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, April 9. The women’s track and field team also competed for the same reasons that the men’s team did: to stay sharp and improve upon their season best times.
Freshmen Anna Busta and Taylor Whisler started off the day right for the Blue Streaks, as they both ran season best times in the 1500 meter run. Busta finished in eighth with a time of 5:00.84, and Whisler had a top-15 finish as she came in with a time of 5:08.82.
Sophomore Maribeth Keppler also set a personal record in the 400 meter run as Keppler ran her fastest time of the season, finishing with a 1:01.99 to qualify for the All-Ohio Championships and Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. Sophomore Katherine Spillman also finished in eighth in the 5000 meter run.
However, much of the Blue Streaks’ attention was focused on the 800 meter run event on Saturday. Freshman Gab Kreuz finished fourth in the event with a time of 2:20.72 and classmate Nicki Bohrer finished just behind Kreuz with a time of 2:21.17. Junior Andrea Brown also competed in the 800, finishing the event with a season best time of 2:28.20. All three runners look to continue their success next week at the All-Ohio Championships, which will be held on Saturday, April 16 in Delaware, Ohio at Ohio Wesleyan University.