A lengthy road trip to Westerville, Ohio this past weekend didn’t turn out to be as planned on Saturday, April 21 for the John Carroll University men’s tennis team. Taking to the road to battle against Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Otterbein Cardinals, the Blue Streaks fought but couldn’t prevail with a win, falling to the Cardinals by a score of 6-3.
Junior Ryan Mullaney led the way for the Blue and Gold, picking up a victory in his No. 1 singles match against Otterbein’s Ryan Roberts by a score of 6-4, 6-1. Mullaney followed that performance by picking up another win in the No. 1 doubles match as he paired with junior Rico Certo to win the match by a score of 8-4. Freshman Peter Scaniello picked up the third and final point of the day for the Blue Streaks as he defeated the Cardinals’ Dustin Goldman by a score of 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (5-0) in the No. 6 singles match. When all was said and done though, JCU came away with the 6-3 loss to Otterbein.
The Blue Streaks will next compete on Saturday, April 21 as they travel to Marietta, Ohio to take on the host Marietta Pioneers.
While the men’s team traveled to Westerville to face Otterbein, the women’s team stayed home and played host to the visiting Otterbein Cardinals on Saturday, April 14. A solid team effort helped lift JCU to a 5-4 win over the Cardinals at home.
Senior Cassie Simmelink got the ball rolling for JCU as she picked up a 6-1, 7-5 victory in the No. 2 doubles match to claim the first point of the day.
Junior Emily Gorndt picked up a 6-4, 6-3 victory before the freshman trio of Joanne Weber (6-1, 6-2), Erin Davies (6-2, 7-6) and Hannah Baumwell (6-4, 6-3) all picked up singles wins for the Blue Streaks. With all five points coming in singles matches, it proved to be enough as the Blue Streaks defeated the Cardinals by a score of 5-4 on the day.
JCU will next compete this Saturday, April 21 as they join the men’s team in traveling to Marietta, Ohio to take on the Marietta Pioneers as they aim for their fourth consecutive win on the season.