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2014-04-18 Tigers return strong from southern trip
2014-04-18 Tigers return strong from southern trip

Tigers return strong from southern trip

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

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, 2-6, 10-6.

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.