INDIANAPOLIS - The No. 21-ranked Marian University women's tennis team dropped a tough 5-4 decision to the University of Northwestern Ohio on Friday afternoon at the MU Tennis Courts in Indianapolis.
The Knights fell to 15-7 overall and the defeat damaged the team's hopes of an at-large bid for the 2013 NAIA Women's Tennis National Championships.
The Knights dropped two of the three doubles matches to allow the Racers to get out to a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Sarah Potter
and freshman Hannah Elliott
earned an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles to earn MU's lone doubles point. Juniors Olivia Pursell
and Brittney Horlacher
fell at No. 1 doubles, 2-8, while junior Lauren Paras
and sophomore Hannah Knust
fell at No. 3 doubles, 6-8, to give UNOH the lead.
However, the Knights got back into the match. Elliott tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles, but Paras could not get the win at No. 5 singles in a 2-6, 0-6 decision to give UNOH a 3-2 lead.
Pursell moved to 16-3 on the season with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles to make it 3-3, but Potter could not give MU the lead after she fell 2-6, 2-6 at No. 3 singles to make it 4-3 in favor of the Racers. Horlacher sent the match to a tiebreaker in the second set at No. 2 singles, but, ultimately, fell 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) to give UNOH the clinching point.
Knust earned a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 win at No. 1 singles to move to 13-8 overall and 5-2 since being moved to the No. 1 singles position.
The Knights will play host to No. 18-ranked Olivet Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon at the MU Tennis Courts. The match will begin at 3 p.m. and LIVE STATISTICS will be available at MUKNIGHTS.com.