GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 21st-ranked Marian University women's tennis team battled with 25th-ranked Davenport University in a top 25 showdown, but could not overcome the Panthers in a 6-3 defeat at East Paris Courts in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights fell to 14-5 overall, while Davenport moved to 11-4 on the year.
Senior Olivia Pursell
earned a 5-7, 6-3, 10-2 victory at No. 5 singles, while freshman Anna Potter
moved to 19-4 on the season with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-2 win at No. 6 singles. The win was her third straight of the spring campaign. Potter is now 5-1 during the spring season.
In doubles action, Pursell teamed with senior Lauren Paras
for the duo's 11th victory of the season as the team earned an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles.
Senior Brittney Horlacher
fell to 14-10 on the year after a 2-6, 1-6 defeat at No. 1 singles, while junior Hannah Knust
fell to 15-8 in 2013-14 after a 1-6, 2-6 defeat at No. 2 singles. Junior Sarah Potter
fell to 9-7 on the year after a 4-6, 3-6 defeat at No. 3 singles, while Paras, who returned to the lineup after having to sit out spring break due to academic commitments, dropped to 11-6 on the year after a 2-6, 4-6 defeat at No. 4 singles.
Horlacher and Knust dropped their match, 2-8, at No. 1 doubles, while the Potter sisters fell at No. 3 doubles, 4-8, for the duo's second defeat in six matches this spring.
The Knights will close the day at MVP Rockford in Grand Rapids, Mich., against Cornerstone University (Mich.) at 5 p.m.. Results were unavailable at press time.