Women’s tennis achieved their first win of the season last Thursday, Sept. 17, against Olivet College. The Maple Leafs won the game 6-1, their first win since August of last year which was also against Olivet.Sarah Hinshaw, a freshman, set the tone for the Maple Leafs in the No. 1 singles. She defeated her opponent 6-2 in the first set and 6-4 in the second.
Fellow first-year, Hannah McCoy kept the streak going as she took both of her sets 6-1.
Anna Osborne, also a first-year, took the No. 3 singles.
She dominated the first set, winning 6-0, and continued her path to victory taking the second set 6-2.
Two tiebreakers were needed to decide singles no. 4 and no. 5. Ashley Arroyo, a sophomore, dropped her first match, 6-7(4), but didn’t give up as she came back 6-2 and then went on to win the tiebreaker 10-5 to get the point for the Maple Leafs.
Kyra Krall also dropped her first match, losing 1-6. But the junior bounced back to take the second set 6-2 and win the tiebreaker 10-8.
The Maple Leafs were unable to achieve the sweep as Olivet’s Julia Miklusick defeated Goshen’s Elise Koop Liechty 6-3 in both sets, during singles No. 6.
The women’s doubles were able to sweep all of their games, as the team of McCoy and Victoria Oakes dominated over their opponents 6-0.
Hinshaw and Osborne also won their matchup with only dropping one point to win the game 6-1.
Finally, the doubles team of Krall and Leichty scratched out a win 7-5 to give the Maple Leafs the doubles sweep and the point.
The win last Thursday was the first in 25 matches, and the first for the 2019-20 season. The team were unable to carry the momentum into Tuesday’s conference game against Taylor University which ended in a 7-0 loss.
The women look to build on their record this Thursday, Sept. 26, as they travel to Spring Arbor to take on the Cougars in another conference matchup. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.