INDIANAPOLIS - The No. 21-ranked Marian University women's tennis team closed the season in dramatic fashion as the Knights picked up a 5-4 win over Davenport University (Mich.) on Saturday afternoon at MU Tennis Courts to close the 2012-13 season.
MU closes the campaign with a 16-9 record. It's the third straight season that MU has finished the season with at least 15 victories.
After losing their last four matches to No. 5-ranked Lindsey Wilson, No. 18-ranked Olivet Nazarene, Northwestern Ohio and NCAA Division I IPFW, the Knights earned a big victory to close the campaign and snap the four-match skid.
The match came down to the No. 3 singles position and the match rested squarely on the shoulders of sophomore Sarah Potter
. The Knights and Panthers were tied 4-4 with Potter heading to a third set. She earned a 6-3 win in the first set, but dropped the second by a 6-3 count. The third set went the distance as she earned a 7-5 win in the final set to give the Knights the 5-4 victory. She closed the season with a 15-9 overall record.
Junior Olivia Pursell
came out strong and picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles before junior Lauren Paras
earned a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles. Paras closed the season with a team-best 18-6 overall record, while Pursell finished at 17-5 in 2012-13.
The Knights needed three singles wins after taking a 2-1 lead via the doubles competition. The team of Potter and freshman Hannah Elliott
earned an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles, while sophomore Hannah Knust
and Paras picked up an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles to secure the 2-1 lead. Pursell and junior Brittney Horlacher
had a lead, but could not hang on at No. 1 doubles as they fell by a 9-7 score.
Potter and Elliott moved to 14-7 in 2012-13, while Paras and Knust finished 1-3 in their newly formed partnership. Horlacher and Pursell fell to 1-6 in their young partnership.
Knust fell at No. 1 singles to finish with a 13-10 overall record, while Horlacher finished 13-11 with a defeat at No. 2 singles. Elliott finished the year 13-8 after she also fell at No. 6 singles.
The Knights finished as the Crossroads League runner-up in both the regular season and tournament, while head coach Cassie Mackell
was named the coach of the year for the second time in her career.