Tigers gaining confidence as break winds down
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 at 9:48 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. – The No. 15 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team made it three wins in a row with a sweep of Aquinas College (Mich.) on Thursday, March 7. The Tigers are enjoying the moment after suffering a four-match losing streak earlier in their trip.
Olivet (5-4) captured two of the doubles matches 6-3 and the third by default. Senior Ashlan Allison (Anderson, Ind.) and junior Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia) defeated Rilie DuShane and Gina Kukulski, while Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and freshman Charisma King (Kankakee, Ill.) defeated Ariana Kabodian and MJ Bothma.
Junior Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) returned to the line-up after missing several matches due to an ankle injury, and despite dropping the first set, held on to defeat Lauren Ramey in the No. 1 singles spot.
“Aziza was back on court today and after a tentative first set gained confidence in her ankle,” said head coach Andy Gibbs, very happy with his team’s performance of late. “Seraphine and Ashlan followed up their great performances from the last two days with dominant matches today. Lindsey, Tifanny and Clara all got confidence building wins. Lindsey did a great job battling back after dropping her second set and played her best tennis in the last couple of games of her third set.
Freshman Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland), Allison, Aguirre and King all won their respective singles matches in straight sets. Butoyi dropped her first set 3-6, but came back to take the next two 6-3, 6-4 for the win. Peterson won the opening set 6-3 before dropping the second 1-6 and coming back to win the match in the third set 6-4.
“We are continuing to experiment with doubles combinations. Charisma teamed with Lindsey today. Charisma has played well when given an opportunity this week and is pushing her way into consideration to be part of our regular line-up,” added Gibbs.
The Tigers get a day off before heading to Daytona Beach, Fla. to take on No. 6 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, March 9.