[Written by Gabriella Kreuz]
A three-hour road trip to Ada, Ohio this past weekend didn’t help end the Blue Streaks’ struggles as of late, as JCU fell to the defending league champion Ohio Northern Polar Bears by a score of 8-1 on Saturday, March 24.
Junior Ryan Mullaney was the lone point-scorer on the weekend for the Blue Streaks, winning his singles match against the Polar Bears’ Michael Kathary by a score of 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3).
Senior Michael Hulseman fell just short of picking up a win of his own, losing his match by a narrow score of 3-6, 4-6 to ONU’s Nick Kowalczyk.
With the loss, the Blue Streaks now fall to 3-8 on the season, including a 1-1 mark against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents.
The Blue Streaks will next compete this Saturday, March 31 at home against the visiting Capital University Crusaders at 1 p.m.
Recent struggles continued for the JCU women’s tennis team this past weekend as they played host to the visiting Ohio Northern University Polar Bears at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina, Ohio. Having lost to Oberlin College on Saturday, March 17 following consecutive wins over Emory & Henry College and Susquehanna University, the Blue Streaks couldn’t get back on the winning track as they lost to the Polar Bears on Saturday, 7-2.
Senior Maria Ciccolini picked up the first win of the day for the Blue Streaks as she won her singles match against ONU’s Michelle Tuma by a final score of 6-4, 6-0. Freshman Joanne Weber picked up the other JCU win on the day, defeating the Polar Bears’ Carly Olmstead in three sets by a score of 6-7, 6-4, 6-1.
With the loss, the Blue Streaks now fall to 5-3 on the season, including a 0-1 mark against OAC opponents this season.
JCU will next compete on Saturday, March 31 on the road in Columbus, Ohio against the OAC rival Capital University Crusaders.