Ashland University's women's tennis team opened its season with two wins at home on Saturday (Sept. 7).
"We are grateful for the early success on opening day," said Ashland head coach Lexi Bolesky. "Today was a team effort and we played like a unified group. We look forward to continuing to work hard and improve to be better for every match."
The Eagles cruised to a victory in their first match of the day against Notre Dame College, as they downed the Falcons, 6-1.
Ashland got on the scoresheet early, winning the No. 2 and 3 doubles matches.
In No. 2 doubles, freshman Zoe Rosu fit right in with junior Camille Ringot. They were able to topple Notre Dame's Kaytlin Marlatt and Hannah Farmer handily, a 6-3 win. At No. 3 doubles, freshman Kristyn Conrad and sophomore Huntyr Lake cruised to a 6-1 win to secure a doubles point for the Eagles.
Ashland experienced more of the same success in singles play, as it won five of six matches. Ringot had the toughest battle at No. 2 singles. She fell behind early losing the first set, 4-6. Ringot won set two to draw even. In the tiebreak, she was down to her last point, but was able to fend off Emily Hofsess' attacks to secure the win, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.
The rest of the Eagles had clearer sailing than Ringot. Junior Anna Hart won her match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Senior Allison Brooks also won in straight sets at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-2. Sophomore Lydia Bice picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win in her match, and Conrad rounded off the win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory in No. 6 singles.
In its second match of the day, Ashland was even more dominant, beating West Virginia Wesleyan, 7-0.
The Eagles won all three doubles matches, winning one by forfeit. Hart and senior Brianna Brdicka were paired at No. 1 doubles. They won their match, 6-2. At No. 2 doubles, it was sophomore Nikhol Pluta and sophomore Larissa Wieser who won their match, 6-4.
Ashland had more of the same success in singles, winning every match.
Brdicka won at No. 1 after dropping her first set, 3-6. She came back to win the second set 6-3, and the tiebreak 10-4. Rosu also won in three sets in the No. 2 slot. She lost her first set, 3-6, but was able to come back to win the next two, 6-2, 10-5. Junior Hazuki Ogino had No. 3 singles responsibilities, and won her match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Wieser was the only other singles match of the day, as the No. 5 and 6 slots were forfeited by West Virginia Wesleyan. She won her match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
The Eagles will be back in competition at home on Sunday (Sept. 8) at 1:00 p.m. at the Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex, as they take on Walsh.