INDIANAPOLIS - The No. 21-ranked Marian University women's tennis team split a pair of matches on the road over the weekend. The Knights dropped a 4-1 decision to NCAA Division I IUPUI on Friday morning before picking up an 8-1 win over Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday.
The Knights are now 15-5 on the season and have a 4-3 mark during the spring schedule with two defeats coming to NCAA Division I teams.
On Friday, the lone victory came at No. 6 singles as junior Lauren Paras
earned her team-leading 15th victory of the campaign with a 6-0, 6-0 win. She is now 15-3 on the year with a 4-0 mark at No. 6 singles.
On Saturday, the Knights blew through the Warriors with an 12th victory of 8-1 or better at Wildwood Racquet Club in Fort Wayne.
The Knights opened by taking two of the three doubles matches. Juniors Olivia Pursell
and Brittney Horlacher
earned an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, while Paras and senior Tiffany Schendel
earned an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles. Sophomores Hannah Knust
and Sarah Potter
fell at No. 2 doubles by an 8-6 count for MU's only defeat of the day.
Knust led the way at No. 1 singles for the Knights as she improved to 12-7 in 2012-13 with a 6-2, 6-0 win. Horlacher moved to 13-6 after a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles, while Potter moved to 14-5 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. Pursell snapped her two-match losing skid with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles and moved to 15-2 on the year. Paras added to her team-leading win total as she moved to 16-3 overall with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. Schendel rounded out the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles.
The Knights will head to Columbia, Ky., on Thursday for a Top 25 showdown with No. 5-ranked Lindsey Wilson College (6-2). The match is slated for a 3 p.m. Central time first serve.