Tigers pick up two needed wins; Allison finishes week 8-0
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, April 08, 2013 at 10:02 AM
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior Aslan Allison (Anderson, Ind.) completed a perfect 8-0 week on Saturday April 6 when she helped lead the No. 18 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team to wins over No. 21 Marian University (Ind.) and the University of Northwestern Ohio. The Tigers picked up two much needed wins over the NAIA schools, defeating Marian 8-1 and Northwestern Ohio 6-3.
“It was a great day for our team. We really needed a couple of quality NAIA wins as we start to prepare to make our push to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament,” said head coach Andy Gibbs. “I am especially proud of the way we battled back in the match against Marian.”
“If the match had ended after first sets of singles, we would have lost 4-5, but all of the ladies battled back and took responsibility for winning their singles matches,” Gibbs continued. “They didn’t wait for or hope for someone else to win the match that would clinch the team win; they each wanted to get their singles point.”
The Tigers (8-6, 1-0) swept the doubles portion of the match with Marian, but dropped 5-of-6 opening sets in singles. Allison was the lone straight-set winner in singles, dropping Lauren Paras 6-2, 6-4. There was a heated battled in the top singles spot, as No. 16 Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) defeated No. 36 Brittney Horlacher 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Against Northwestern Ohio, the Tigers picked up straight set wins in the top four matches and the top two doubles matches. The duo of Allison and senior Taylor Stephens (Ada, Mich.) have yet to be defeated since teaming up earlier this week for the first time, defeating Makenzie Klock and Jessie Stambaugh 9-7.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, April 10 when they face Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 3:00 p.m. in Chicago. The Eagles defeated the Tigers a year ago to claim the CCAC title and earn a berth to the NAIA National Tournament.