Olivet upsets No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 18 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team took advantage of a really nice spring afternoon to upset No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan University. The Wildcats entered the match with a perfect 13-0 record, but left with a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Tigers.
The Tigers wasted little time jumping on top of the Wildcats, winning 2-of-3 doubles matches. Junior Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) and freshman Seraphine Buchman (Illnau, Switzerland) jumped on Andrea Meyering and Lauren Wilson quickly, dropping them 8-1 at the top spot. Then, at the number three doubles, junior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and Charisma King (Kankakee, Ill.) outlasted Rachael Heiniger and Katie Futrell for a hard fought 8-6 win.
“What a great to follow up last week's wins against good teams with a win over Indiana Wesleyan, said head coach Andy Gibbs. “We thought that we could make the match close, and we have players who are confident right now in close matches. We got a big win at number three doubles from Lindsey (Peterson) and Charisma (King) to go up 2-1 heading into singles.”
Butoyi (No. 16, ITA) made quick work of Rachael Heiniger (No. 29, ITA) in the number one singles spot, defeating her 6-2, 6-2 to put the Tigers up 3-1. Senior Taylor Stephens (Ada, Mich.) struggled to put it all together in the number three singles spot, falling to Andrea Meyering (No. 47, ITA) 6-3, 6-1.
Senior Ashlan Allison (Anderson, Ind.) continued her singles unbeaten streak downing Lauren Wilson 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 in number four singles before Peterson fell to Kristen Futrell 6-2, 6-2 in the number five spot. With two matches still on court, the Tigers were holding on to a 4-3 lead.
Buchmann found herself down 1-4 in her opening set in number two singles against Katie Wilson (No. 19, ITA) but battled back to get the win 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. 6 Freshman Clara Ruegsegger (Greenland, Ind.) won the final match on court, dropping Kim Mella 6-3, 6-4 in a long battle.
“Overall, I was pleased with our singles play,” continued Gibbs. “Aziza (Butoyi) is starting to play confidently again. Seraphine and Ashlan both responded well to the adversity in their matches. Seraphine battled back and made the first set competitive to set up her confidence going into the second set and third sets. After winning the first set, Ashlan was leading through most of the second set and ended up dropping the set in a tiebreak. She was able to refocus and jump out to an early lead in the third set and close out the match. Clara continues to gain confidence as a college player and today's win over a very good player should continue to help her development.”
The Tigers (9-6, 1-0) return to action on Monday, April 15 to take on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Robert Morris University (Ill.). The match is set to start at 3:30 p.m. at Moraine Valley Community College.