RIVER FOREST, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's tennis team made it three wins in its last four Northern Athletics Conference duals after splitting a pair of matches today against hosts Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago, this afternoon, Sept. 15.
The Sabres opened the day with a morning match-up against Dominican, playing the Stars close, but falling in the end, 6-3. In the nightcap, Marian met Concordia Chicago and dominated in a 7-2 victory to improve to 4-6 overall, 4-3 in the NAC.
Against the Stars, the #1 doubles tandem of Ann Goyke and Brynn Hartzel defeated DU, 8-3, to give the Sabres a leg up from the start. The #2 pairing of Reilly Connaher and Chelsey Will played a hard-fought match, but fell 8-6 before Sarah Brooker and Rachell Stoffel took an 8-3 loss at #3 doubles.
In singles, Connaher grabbed a straight sets win at #2 singles, defeating Emily Hereford, 7-5, 6-2. Hartzell then took challenging three-set win over Jillian Metcalf, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, at #3 singles. At #1 singles, Goyke looked poised to grab the win at the outset with a 6-1 first set victory. However, her counterpart, Rachel Taddy, fought back to grab the next two sets, 6-4, 7-5, to stun Goyke for the win.
The Sabres then dropped their final three singles matches in straight sets as Dominican played on to the 6-3 team victory.
Later in the day against Concordia Chicago, the Sabres were able to put the Dominican loss in the back of their minds. Despite dropping matches at #1 singles and #1 doubles, the Sabres were able to conquer the remaining seven matches for the dominating win.
All five singles wins were in straight sets, including matches by #4 Will, #5 Brooker, and #6 Stoffel. Marian remains in the mix for a spot in the NAC Team tournament, which takes the top-six finishers in the regular season standings. The Sabres currently sit in sixth place with four NAC matches remaining.
Dominican 6, Marian University 3
09/15/12 at Oak Park, Ill. (Taylor Park)
|1. Taddy, Rachel (DU) def. Goyke, Ann (MU) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5|
|2. Connaher, Reilly (MU) def. Hereford, Emily (DU) 7-5, 6-2|
|3. Hartzell, Brynn (MU) def. Metcalf, Jillian (DU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1|
|4. Berner, Marbeya (DU) def. Will, Chelsey (MU) 6-1, 6-0|
|5. Budzak, Monica (DU) def. Brooker, Sarah (MU) 6-3, 6-4|
|6. Orchanian, Rosemary (DU) def. Stoffel, Rachell (MU) 6-3, 6-4|
|1. Goyke, Ann/Hartzell, Brynn (MU) def. Taddy, Rachel/Metcalf, Jillian (DU) 8-3|
|2. Berner, Marbeya/Orchanian, Rosemary (DU) def. Connaher, Reilly/Will, Chelsey (MU) 8-6|
3. Hereford, Emily/Castaneda, Stephanie (DU) def. Brooker, Sarah/Stoffel, Rachell (MU) 8-3
Marian University 7, Concordia University Chicago 2
09/15/12 at River Forest, IL (CUC Courts)