JCU tennis teams gain steam heading into OAC Tournament

May 3rd, 2012

Men’s Tennis

The John Carroll University men’s tennis team has caught fire recently, ending the 2012 regular season by winning three of their final four matches. The Blue Streaks first defeated the Marietta Pioneers by a shutout score of 9-0 on Thursday, April 26 before also defeating the Heidelberg Student Princes by a score of 7-2 on Sunday, April 29.

Against Marietta, the highlight performance perhaps came in No. 1 doubles, when juniors Ryan Mullaney and Rico Certo paired up to defeat their opponents by a dominating score of 8-0. Mullaney also won his No. 1 singles match by a score of 6-0, 6-1.

Against Heidelberg, the Blue Streaks dropped two of the six singles matches before winning each of the three doubles matches, giving themselves an impressive 7-2 win over the Student Princes.

After winning three of their last four matches, the Blue Streaks earned the No. 5 seed in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. The Blue and Gold were set to take on the No. 4 seed Mount Union Purple Raiders on Tuesday, May 1.


Women’s Tennis

Winning has become contagious as of late for the John Carroll University women’s tennis team. Coming into last week with a five-match winning streak, the Blue Streaks (12-3, 7-1 OAC) continued their excellent play with consecutive wins over the Marietta Pioneers and the ‘Berg of Heidelberg University by identical scores of 8-1.

Taking on the Pioneers in Marietta, Ohio on Thursday, April 26, the Blue Streaks were dominant from start to finish. Senior Cassie Simmelink won her No. 1 singles match by a score of 8-1 before teaming with freshman Tracy Gibson to win their No. 1 doubles match by a score of 8-2.

Against the ‘Berg of Heidelberg on Saturday, April 28, the Blue Streaks ended their season with another win added to their tally as they defeated the visiting ‘Berg by a score of 8-1.

As the No. 2 seed in the OAC Tournament, the Blue Streaks were set to compete against the No. 7 seed Capital Crusaders at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Editors Note: The women’s team won 9-0 vs. Capital on Tuesday. For updates on the men’s tennis team, please go to