FLORIDA – Despite seeing her undefeated streak come to an
end, freshman Pricila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) helped lead the No. 24 Olivet
Nazarene University women’s tennis team to a 3-1 record over their annual southern
spring break trip. Nunez, who had not lost a singles or doubles match since arriving
in Bourbonnais in January, fell in the Tigers only loss of the week to No. 7
Embry Riddle University (Fla.).
Tuesday, March 11
The Tigers picked up their second win of the trip, defeating
Warner University (Fla.) 7-1, including sweeping the singles matches.
Nunez and doubles partner sophomore Seraphine Buchmann
(Illnau, Switzerland) continued their dominance at No. 1 doubles, defeating
Nhatalia Ocampo and Monique Frandji 8-2, while teammates senior Aziza Butoyi
(Burundi, Bujumbura) and Tifanny Aguirre (Bongota, Columbia) defeated Fernada
Correa and Paula Garcia 8-2 also. Warner picked up their only point at No. 3
doubles where senior Lindsey Peterson (New Castle, Penn.) and freshman Marta
Quereda (Alicante, Spain) fell in a tight battle 9-8 (8-6) to Claudia Sequera
and Caitlyn Ryan.
Nunez picked up a win over Ocampo at No. 1 singles, 6-4,
6-4. Butoyi made quick work of Frandji at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1 before the
Tigers faced their biggest challenges at No. 3 and 4. Buchmann toyed with
Correa, falling in the opening set 6-7 (6-8) before putting her away 6-0, 6-0.
Peterson also dropped the opening set, 1-6 before coming back to win 7-6 (7-5),
10-7 in a marathon match. Aguirre made it a clean sweep with a 6-4, 6-0 over
Ryan at No. 5 singles.
Thursday, March 13
Olivet picked up a clean sweep of Northwestern College
(Minn.), downing the Eagles 9-0.
Priscila and Serephine started things off, downing the
sister team of Megan and Kelly Johnson 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. Butoyi and Aguirre
took down Karen Moe and Tina Matetich 8-4 at No. 2, while Peterson and Quereda
won 8-3 over Rachel Bostrom and Courtney Lawlor at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, the Eagles kept things close in several
matches. The Tigers needed three sets at Nos. 2, 4 and 5. At No. 1, Nunez easily
defeated M. Johnson 6-1, 6-1, while Buchmann won at No. 3 over K. Johnson 6-0,
6-1 and sophomore Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) won at No. 6 singles 6-1,
6-2. Butoyi took the long road with Moe before winning 1-6, 6-0, 10-3 at No. 2.
Peterson and Aguirre finished with nearly identical scores, defeating Matetich
and Bostrom, respectively. Peterson won 6-1, 3-6, 10-7, while Aguirre won 6-1,
Friday, March 14
Olivet faced their toughest competition of the week on the
final day of the trip, facing their only NAIA ranked opponent in Embry Riddle,
on their home courts. The Eagles picked up a 2-7 win over the Tigers.
The two Tiger wins came at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles.
Butoyi and Aguirre picked up the doubles victory, downing Eva Vilar and Ana
Gotz 8-2 before Butoyi defeated Gotz 6-4, 6-3 in singles.
Kristina Marova and Hui-I Huang handed Nunez and Buchmann
their first loss of the season 8-2, while Paula Ortiz Couder and Paola Montero
downed Quereda and Peterson at No. 3 doubles 8-0.
Nunez suffered her first singles loss as a Tiger, falling
6-1, 6-2 to Huang. Maronva downed Buchmann 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, while
Vilar defeated Peterson 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4. Aguirre went down 6-2, 6-0 to Montero
and Ruegsegger fell 6-0, 6-2 to Couder.
The Tigers are scheduled for their spring home opener against
Marian University (Ind.) on Tuesday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.