Olivet clinches CCAC title; Butoyi wins 100th career match
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM
CHICAGO – It took two weeks of rescheduling due to weather, but the No. 14 Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team finally got their shot at defending Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Robert Morris University on Wednesday, April 24. The two teams had last battled in the CCAC Tournament Championship a year ago, with the Eagles advancing to the NAIA National Tournament by a score of 5-4. This time, the Tigers clinched home court advantage throughout the CCAC Tournament with a 7-2 win.
Junior Aziza Butoyi (Burundi Bujumbura) won her 100th career match as a Tiger with her doubles win with junior Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia). Due to an unusual injury to freshman Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland), the doubles teams required some last minute reshuffling. The Tigers found themselves down 1-2 after the doubles matches.
“It was a great team effort,” commented head coach Andy Gibbs after the match. “I expect that if we play again in the conference tournament that we will have another very competitive match with them.”
Junior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) stepped back into the singles line-up and evened the score at 2-2 with her 6-3, 6-2 win at #6. Butoyi then put Olivet up 3-2, winning 6-0, 6-2 in the top spot. Senior Taylor Stephens (Ada, Mich.) was able to close out her match at #2 with a 6-3, 6-2 win to make it 4-3.
Senior Ashlan Allison (Anderson, Ind.) battled through a tough first set. Down 3-4, she was able to come back to win the first set 6-4. She jumped ahead 5-0 in the second, finally winning 6-1 to put us up 5-2.
Freshmen Charisma King (Kankakee, Ill.) and Clara Ruegsegger(Greenfield, Ind.) both lost their opening sets in the four and five spots, but were able to come back and win their second tiebreakers. Super-tie breakers were played for the third sets in both matches because the match had already been decided. Both finished off with wins, King 10-4 and Ruegsegger 11-9.
Olivet (14-6, 5-0) will open CCAC Tournament play at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 against Judson University (Ill.). The two teams faced each other on April 19th with the Tigers winning 9-0.