BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team made a clean sweep of the visiting Cornerstone University (Mich.) Golden Eagles in their opening match of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday, Sept. 2. The Tigers enjoyed a rare beautiful afternoon to play on their home courts with light wind and abundant sunshine.
Senior Aziza Butoyi (Burundi, Bujumbura) and sophomore Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) teamed up at No. 1 doubles to make quick work of Janie Silvers and Allison Rusticus, winning 8-0. Butoyi also defeated Silvers at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-2), while Buchmann defeated Nicole Kunnen at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1).
Sophomore Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) and senior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) downed Heidi Boesl and Ashley Greene 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, while senior Tifanny Aguirre (Bogota, Columbia) and freshman Marta Quereda defeated Nicole Kunnen and Alyssa Bart 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.
The closest match of the day was No. 3 singles where Aguirre defeated Silvers 6-3, 7-5. Quereda picked up her first Tiger singles win, defeating Rusticus 6-1, 6-2. At No. 5 singles, Ruegsegger defeated Greene 6-1, 6-0 and Peterson won at No. 6 singles over Bart 6-1, 6-1.
Next up for the Tigers (1-0) is the USTA/ITA Regional held Sept. 13-15 in Springfield, Mo. This year, the event is hosted by Graceland University (Mo.).