The John Carroll University men’s tennis team lost to Oberlin College, 8-1, in the Heisman Field House on Saturday, March 14.
Alex Guthrie picked up JCU’s only win of the match. Guthrie beat Callan Louis 7-5, 2-6, 10-3 at No. 3 singles.
Guthrie spoke about what his singles victory meant to him personally, “It meant a good deal to win my match, since any college win is meaningful in its own right. But, I was especially excited since the guy I beat recently beat a guy who defeated me pretty easily on our Florida trip.”
Guthrie continued saying, “It is showing that my hard work is paying off as well.”
Oberlin secured wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. The duo of freshmen Scott Adsit and Dillon O’Brien battled tenaciously before losing in an 8-6 decision to Abraham Davis and Billy Lennon.
Oberlin held JCU’s singles lineup to four or fewer wins in four matches. Kyle Mollison was the only singles player to drop his match who won more than four games. Mollison fell 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 2 position
Despite the loss, Guthrie believes the Blue Streaks are setting themselves up for a strong late season run.
“Our coach gave us a competitive non-conference schedule to prepare us for the Ohio Athletic Conference. As a team we are excited to start the OAC schedule and see how our tough road to get there will pay off.”
The men’s tennis team travels to Muskingum on Saturday, March 21.
The John Carroll University woman’s tennis continued their season last weekend, after a productive spring break trip to Florida. The Blue Streaks lost to Oberlin College, 8-1, on Saturday, March 14 at Heisman Field House in Oberlin, Ohio.
Freshman Natalia Bourlas was the only Blue Streak to pick up a win in this match, beating freshman Erin Johnson 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, at No. 6 singles.
JCU fell 3-0 in the doubles. Freshmen Natalie Bourlas and Nicolette Bourlas fell 8-4 at No. 1. Junior Catherine Engel and freshman Jennifer Stroyne would also fall, 8-4, at No. 2. Sophomore Katherine Devine and senior Tracy Gibson dropped a close match 8-3 at No. 3
The Blue Streaks lost in straight sets in the five singles matches won by the Yeowomen. Stroyne won the most games for JCU, dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Oberlin’s Emma Brezel. Devine and Gibson fell by identical 6-2, 6-3 scores.
Natalie Bourlas talked about how the team is still looking up, even after the tough loss.
“The team can see that there will be challenges when facing some of our toughest competition.”
Natalie Bourlas continued. “These experiences make us want to work even harder and support each other more- on and off the court. With that team effort, comes strength in numbers, which will help us reach our goals and our coaches’ expectations. We want to be the best.”
JCU is back in action with a 1 p.m. match against Muskingum on Saturday, March 21. The match is currently slated at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights.
A trio of Blue Streaks upperclassmen competed at the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships over the two-day weekend. Seniors Terner Gott and Todd Gaydosh and junior Dan Mirman took the mats for JCU to aim for a National Championship in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Mirman was the most successful of the trio. On Friday, March 13, Mirman won both of his matches without allowing a single takedown, earning his second consecutive All-American bid.
Gott made his fourth consecutive appearance for JCU at the National Championships. Gott took down a returning All-American in his opening match, but fell in his next two, just missing out on an All-American bid for the second straight year.
Gott leaves JCU with 108 career victories, fourth all-time in JCU program history.
Gaydosh went the opposite route of Gott, losing his first match but winning his second to head into the All-American round. In the All-American round, Gaydosh met a fellow unseeded opponent, but fell in a tight 5-4 battle.
Mirman was the lone Blue Streak to make it to day two on Saturday, March 14, as he competed in the National Semifinal.
Mirman drew an incredibly tough matchup in the Semifinal, going up against Kenneth Martin, rated the No. 2 wrestler in Mirman’s weight class by d3wrestle.com.
It was a back and forth battle, but Martin earned the deciding two points in the final round, defeating Mirman 3-1.
Mirman finished the season as JCU’s 106th Wrestling All-American and 31st two-time All-American.