INDIANAPOLIS - The 21st-ranked Marian University women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to NCAA Division I member IUPUI at West Indy Racquet Club on Tuesday afternoon. The Knights fell to 15-6 overall in 2013-14.
Freshman Grace Neathery
posted a default victory at No. 6 singles as the Knights were swept at the other positions. The doubles competition counted three matches for one point and each singles match was counted individually.
Senior Brittney Horlacher
fell to 15-11 on the season after a 4-6, 3-6 defeat at No. 1 singles, while junior Hannah Knust
dropped to 16-9 on the year after a 2-6, 5-7 defeat at No. 2 singles. Junior Sarah Potter
fell to 9-8 on the year after a 1-6, 1-6 defeat No. 3 singles, while senior Olivia Pursell
dropped to 13-9 in 2013-14 after a 0-6, 1-6 defeat at No. 4 singles. Freshman Anna Potter
fell for just the fifth time in 2013-14 after a 1-6, 2-6 defeat a No. 5 singles. The default win moved Neathery's record to 12-2 in 2013-14.
In the doubles competition, Horlacher and Knust fell to 16-12 on the year after a 2-8 defeat at No. 1 doubles, while Pursell and sophomore Hannah Elliott
fell to 3-3 on the year after a 1-8 defeat at No. 2 doubles. The Potter sisters earned the win at No. 3 doubles by default, but with the two defeats, IUPUI secured the doubles point.
The defeat is just the third of the tough spring season for MU and the sixth of the campaign.
The season hits the home stretch with some of the most difficult matches the Knights will face. The Knight Classic kicks off on Friday afternoon when MU host No. 25 Northwestern Ohio (9-7) at 3 p.m., at the MU Tennis Courts. The classic will conclude for the Knights on Saturday when the Knights host No. 2-ranked Lindsey Wilson College (5-4) at 3 p.m. at the MU Tennis Courts. UNOH and LWC will compete on Sunday at the MU Tennis Courts at 1 p.m. to close out the weekend.