Tigers snap back with come-from-behind win
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 5:18 PM
ORLANDO Fla. – The No. 15 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team has struggled of late, but found its winning way again on Tuesday, March 5 when they came from behind to beat Ohio Dominican University in Orlando, Fla.
The Tigers found themselves down 2-4 when freshman Charisma King (Kankakee, Ill.) won the third set at No. 5 singles, helping to shift the momentum. Then, senior Ashlan Allison (Anderson, Ind.) bounced back to win the second set at No. 2 singles to force a third set. During Allison’s third set, freshman Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) secured her match at No. 6 singles. Allison was able to hang on to win her match and help the team snap a four-match losing streak.
The Tigers are playing without two key players, Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) who suffered a sprained ankle earlier in the week and senior Taylor Stephens (Ada, Mich.) who stayed behind to complete her student teaching responsibilities.
“This was a much needed win,” said head coach Andy Gibbs. “The girls have struggled a little lately and just needed things to fall their way. I’m proud of the way they fought. They were playing in different roles and really showed their desire to win.”
Olivet (4-4) kept the momentum of their win on Wednesday, March 6 when they downed Bethel University (Tenn.) 9-0. The Tigers lost just four games in the entire match, with Allison, junior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and Ruegsegger all winning their matches 6-0, 6-0.
Olivet returns to action on Thursday, March 7 when they take on Aquinas College (Mich.). They will finish up their southern trip on Friday against No. 6 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) before returning home.