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Women’s tennis stumbles to open spring play

April 12, 2013

Joe Florio / The Courier - Sophmore Amanda Buck returns a serve at the MC Tennis Stadium.

Monmouth College women’s tennis lost all of their matches April 3 against the Central College Lady Dutch.

The first match of the day saw Kristen Huffman take on Angie Allgood from Central. Huffman dropped both sets by a tally of 6-2, 6-0. Joi Henry put up a good fight in singles action, but eventually fell to Central’s Megan Davis 6-2, 7-5.

The Scots also had Jessica Witherell, Haylee Gustafson, Amanda Buck and Christine Peterson drop singles matches against the Lady Dutch, winning a total of three games.

In doubles play the Dutch dropped the hammer. The first Scots duo of Huffman and Henry were defeated their match against Central’s Angie Allgood and Megan Davis by a score of 8-2. The next pair of Galesburg High School alums Witherell and Buck was shutout 8-0 in their match against Central’s Anna Bowser and Anna Striegel.

The final match of the day featured Gustafson and Peterson, but the Scots were downed by Central 8-1. With the victory the Lady Dutch improved to 9-6 on the season, while the Scots dropped to 1-14.

In the Scots’ final home match of the spring, last Wednesday’s non-conference affair with the University of Dubuque held much the same outcome. Out of the gate Monmouth’s Huffman forced Dubuque ace Nichole Schmaltz to a third set tiebreaker, before falling 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.

The inclement weather forced the matches to be held inside the Huff Athletic Center, where MC’s women would drop their entire slate of singles matches. The lone bright spot for the Scots on Wednesday was a doubles victory by the duo of Huffman and Henry. The pair downed Nichole Schmaltz and Ashley Schlueter 8-3. MC’s number two doubles team of Julianna Graf and Witherell pushed Dubuque’s Stephanie LoCasto and Aoi Korino to the limit before falling 9-7, and the Scots’ Buck and Peterson were defeated handily by the Spartans’ Alexandra Dixon and Janine Wegner 8-2.

Another tough defeat is once again met by a quick turnaround, as MC will conclude its spring campaign facing non-conference foe St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa on Monday, April 15.

Logan Bowman
Contributing Writer

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