Ashland University's women's tennis team earned a tightly-contested 4-3 victory on Saturday (Oct. 20) over Purdue Northwest in nearby Lexington, Ohio.
"Today was a great college tennis match and a challenge for us," said Ashland women's tennis head coach Lexi Bolesky. "Purdue Northwest has improved a lot from last season, so it is encouraging to walk away with the win. We look forward to continuing on our positive momentum for tomorrow's match."
The Eagles (2-8 overall, 1-7 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will play next on Sunday (Oct. 21) at 1 p.m. in Lexington against Davenport (1-7, 1-7). The winner of that match will qualify for the 2018 GLIAC Tournament.
Ashland got off to a rapid start on Saturday, winning all three doubles matches.
Sophomore Anna Hart and junior Brianna Brdicka won their first doubles match in dominating fashion, 6-0, while freshman Nikhol Pluta and sophomore Camille Ringot continued the winning ways for Ashland with a 6-3 win. The duo of sophomore Hazuki Ogino and freshman Gabriella Hudec closed out the winning ways in doubles for the Eagles, 6-4.
In singles play, the Eagles were able to pick up three match wins.
Brdicka, playing in the second slot, won in straight sets. She went to a tiebreak game in Set 1, winning 7-6. In the second set, Brdicka pulled away to a 6-3 win. Ringot left no doubt in her third singles match, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Junior Allison Brooks also won a straight-sets match in the sixth slot, 6-0, 6-0.