Thunder Women's Tennis News
9/29 - Netters End Year at MIAA Flighted Tournament
HOLLAND, Mich. - Over the weekend, the Trine University women’s tennis team wrapped up their fall season as they competed in the two-day MIAA Flighted Tournament hosted by Hope College. The Thunder finished the tournament with a 16-20 record. Trine picked up a win in each of the five draws as eight individual players also had at least one victory in singles action.
In the top singles draw, senior Lauren Schlueter (Akron, Ohio/Revere) fell in the back draw semi-finals 6-2, 6-0. Senior Jessica Huhnke (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) advanced to the quarterfinals in the A draw after winning her first match 7-5, 6-1 over Katie Blumberg of Albion.
Senior Chrissy Uphaus (Richmond, Ind./Centreville) and junior Erin Kwaske (Jackson, Mich./Western) both advanced to the quarterfinals in the B draw after winning their first two matches. Uphaus won 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2 before falling 6-1, 6-1. Kwaske won by identical scores of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2 before dropping her final match 6-0, 6-1. Also in the B draw, freshman Bailey Denton (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) picked up a win over Bethany Zoerhof of Calvin 6-1, 7-6 (8-5)
In the C draw, sophomore Alexis Mack (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) and freshman Abby Hodge (Berrien Springs, Mich./Berrien Springs) both won their opening matches 7-5, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-3 respectively. Freshman Kaitlin Black (Crawfordsville, Ind./Southmont) also got a win in the back draw 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 over Elizabeth Taylor from Alma.
All four of Trine’s doubles team advanced to the semi-finals as the team of Schlueter and Uphaus fell in the A back draw championship 8-5. The duo won their first match 8-3 before advancing to the finals by default. On the other side of the A draw, the team of Huhnke and Denton advanced to the semi’s by defeating Albion 8-4.
The B doubles draw saw Kwaske and Mack win their first two matches by identical scores of 8-6 before falling in the semi-finals to Albion 8-2. Black and fellow freshman Allison Marley (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie) would advance to the back draw semi’s with an 8-3 victory over Olivet before dropping their match 8-3 to Saint Mary’s.
9/18 - Tennis Teams Split Fall Dual Finale
GOSHEN, Ind. - In their final dual matches of the fall season, the Trine University tennis teams split with Goshen College as the women’s team won 6-3 while the men’s team fell 7-2. The men finish the fall with a 3-1 record while the women finish 3-2.
For the men, sophomore Nick Cassidy (Archbold, Ohio/Perrysburg) won the lone singles match for the Thunder as he defeated Krishnan Ganesan in the No. 5 pairings 6-0, 5-7, 10-8. Cassidy teamed with senior Nick Ihrie (Kendallville, Ind./East Noble) to take the third doubles match 9-7. Also in doubles action the team of sophomore Caleb Knust (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) and senior Joe Dunbar (Indianapolis, Ind./Guerin Catholic) fell just shy of a victory 9-7 at the No. 1 position.
The women’s team swept the doubles matches in convincing fashion. In the No. 1 spot, senior Jessica Huhnke (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) and freshman Bailey Denton (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) took the match 8-2. At second doubles, seniors Chrissy Uphaus (Richmond, Ind./Centreville) and Lauren Schlueter (Akron, Ohio/Revere) won 8-3 while junior Erin Kwaske (Jackson, Mich./Western) and sophomore Lexi Mack (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) took the third position 8-4.
In singles action, Denton earned a point in the No. 3 match winning 6-1, 6-1. Schlueter took the No. 4 match 6-2, 6-1 while Mack needed a third set to win the fifth position 3-6, 6-4, 10-3. Ali Marley (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie) fell in a tough 3-set match at the sixth position 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
The women’s team will now compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championship hosted by DePauw University beginning on Sept. 20.
For the men, they will also compete in the ITA Regional Championship which will be hosted by Kalamazoo College starting Sept. 27.