By Jacob Beach
The Ohio Wesleyan women’s tennis team recorded their third win of the season on Thursday April 18 against the Student Princes of Heidelberg University.
The victory capped off a week of two home losses—one against conference rival Wittenberg on Tuesday, and the other against the Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets on Friday.
Facing Wittenberg in the early part of the last week proved to be a challenge for the Bishops. However, the team showed much improvement against the conference rival compared to last season’s competition.
The Tigers won the match, taking four of the six victories in singles competition and one of three doubles matches, totaling a 5 to 4 victory for the Tigers.
Sophomores Whitney Lonnemann and Ellie Magner partnered up in doubles to defeat their Wittenberg opponents 8-5.
Freshmen Meghan Gutherie partnered with Magner to capture the victory in first doubles 8-1. On the singles side of competition against the Tigers, both Lonnemann and Magner took the only two victories in singles play, both in two sets. At number-3 singles, Lonneman defeated Wittenberg’s Kaitlin Payne 6-1 and 6-0. Magner, playing at 4 singles versus Wittenberg won 7-5 and 6-0. The team’s only victory last week came Thursday against the Student Princes of Heidelberg. The singles competition was fierce—the teams split one through six singles 3-3, with the victories coming from sophomore Alexandra Webb at number-one singles, Lonnemann at number-three and Magner at the four singles slot.
The pair of Guthrie and Webb took number-one doubles alongside their teammates Lonnemann and Magner at the number-two doubles spot, solidifying their victory over the Student Princes.
Last Friday the team capped off their week at home with a match against Baldwin-Wallace.
Lonneman had the only singles victory against the Yellow Jackets and extended her individual win streak to a staggering six wins. The only doubles victory came from Gutherie and Webb, who combined to beat the number-one doubles pair from Baldwin-Wallace 8-6.
The team ended their regular season on April 23 against Central State and will begin North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament play this weekend. With the victory over Wittenberg, the Bishops move to 3-14 in the regular season.