September 16, 2012

Eagles Complete 3-0 Weekend With Win Over Lakers

            The Ashland University women's tennis team kept its record unblemished on Sunday (Sept. 16) with a 9-0 win over Lake Superior State at the AU Tennis Courts. The victory over the Lakers capped a 3-0 weekend.  Friday, AU stopped Saginaw Valley State, 5-4. Saturday morning the Eagles slipped past Michigan Tech by a 5-4 count.

            Two weeks into the season the Eagles are 5-0. All of those matches have been GLIAC events and all have been played in Ashland. The Eagles don't hit the road for conference play until October. However, after the month of September, the Eagles don't play at home again.

            Those worries are down the road. Right now, the Eagles seem to have few concerns. One area where head coach Carl Leedy had asked for improvement was in doubles play. Against both SVSU and Michigan Tech, the Eagles lost two of three doubles matches. 

            "I told them we have to do better in doubles," said Leedy.  "Maybe we have to get warmed up better. One of our teams the other day said they were warmed up and then they started slow. Today, we looked ready. We played well today."

            Leedy expressed surprise that the Eagles were able to blank Lake Superior State. A year ago this was a back-and-forth battle with Ashland holding on for a 5-4 victory.

            This type of win came at the perfect time for the Eagles after two draining matches earlier in the weekend.

            "The biggest thing about this weekend is that we had come-from-behind wins against both Saginaw and Michigan Tech," said Leedy.

            Kira Kotova (Moscow, Russia/#1535), a junior playing No. 3 singles, went 3-0 for the week, as did freshman Martina Baca (Peru) at No. 4 singles.

            AU's next GLIAC match will be on Friday, Sept. 28, against Findlay (3 p.m.).

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