INDIANAPOLIS - The 21st-ranked Marian University women's tennis team closed the 2014 Knight Classic with a 9-0 defeat to No. 2-ranked Lindsey Wilson College at the MU Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. MU fell to 15-8 on the year with the defeat, while the Blue Raiders moved to 7-4 in 2014.
"The ladies played well against very tough competition," said head coach Cassie Mackell
. "We fought hard for every point. I am very proud of our ladies' effort against the number two team in the nation."
The three MU seniors were recognized during the match as it marks the final time the trio will play together at home in 2013-14. Seniors Brittney Horlacher
, Lauren Paras
and Olivia Pursell
close their careers together (Horlacher and Pursell have matches remaining) as the all-time winningest senior class in program history. The trio amassed 387 career victories and a team record of 67-30 after today's match.
Horlacher fell to 15-13 on the season after an 0-6, 3-6 defeat at No. 1 singles, while junior Hannah Knust
fell at No. 2 singles by an 0-6, 0-6 mark to fall to 17-10 in 2013-14. Paras closed her senior season with a 12-7 record after a 1-6, 0-6 defeat No. 3 singles, while Pursell fell to 13-11 on the year after a 3-6, 2-6 defeat. Freshman Anna Potter
suffered just her sixth defeat of the season, she's 20-6 on the year, in a 4-6, 0-6 defeat at No. 5 singles, while freshman Grace Neathery
suffered just her third defeat of the year, she's 12-3 in her rookie season, in a 4-6, 1-6 defeat at No. 6 singles.
Horlacher and Knust fell to 17-13 on the year after a 2-8 defeat at No. 1 doubles, while Pursell and Paras closed their career as a duo with an 11-5 mark in 2013-14 after a 2-8 defeat at No. 2 doubles. Potter and junior Sarah Potter
, her sister, fell to 14-7 in 2013-14 after an 0-8 defeat at No. 3 doubles to give the Raiders the 9-0 win.
MU has three matches remaining in the 2013-14 season. The Knights head to 23rd-ranked Olivet Nazarene University on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. first serve before returning home on Thursday for a 3 p.m. first serve against Indiana Tech.
The Knights will close the 2013-14 regular season with 19th-ranked Campbellsville University on April 13 in Campbellsville, Ky., at 3 p.m.