Ashland University's women's tennis team entered the final weekend of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play needing wins against both Purdue Northwest and Davenport in order to qualify for the GLIAC Championships.
The Eagles were able to win both of their crucial late-season matches 4-3 and 5-2, respectively. Ashland's first contest at the 2018 GLIAC Championships will take place on Friday (Oct. 26) against Grand Valley State (8-1) in Midland, Mich.
"We are currently playing our best tennis of the season, and have everyone back and healthy," said Ashland head coach Lexi Bolesky. "Our doubles have come a long way, and our singles play is continuing to become more consistent and competitive."
Ashland's doubles pairings only dropped one match against Purdue Northwest and Davenport, and are peaking at the right time with the GLIAC Championships on the horizon.
This season's qualification for the GLIAC Championships is the second in a row for the Eagles, and is a result of the team's consistent improvement over the course of the season. Ashland is playing in the GLIAC postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 2012-13.
"The girls earned their spot to compete this weekend at the championships," said Bolesky. "They have shown a lot of resiliency and determination throughout the season. They always show up at practice ready to work and improve.
"We compete in one of the top conferences in the country for women's tennis, and we know no match will ever be easy. We are expecting our best attitudes and effort this weekend. We look to build off our strong performances."