September 18, 2012

Comeback Performances Hook Muskies in 5-4 Win

KOHLER, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A pair of gritty comeback performances paced the Marian University women's tennis team to a narrow, 5-4, victory over Northern Athletics Conference rival, Lakeland College, this afternoon, Sept. 18.

Sophomore Ann Goyke at #1 singles fought off multiple match points to defeat her counterpart in three sets, while the #3 doubles team of Sarah Brooker and Rachell Stoffel battled back from a 7-3 deficit to win 9-8. Both results proved instrumental in leading the Sabres to the win, their fourth conference win in the last five tries.

Marian is now 5-6 overall and has matched its conference win total from 2011 with a 5-3 mark in the NAC. Lakeland falls to 4-6 (2-6 NAC).

Following Brooker and Stoffel's comeback win to conclude the doubles portion of the match, the Sabres felt good, holding a 2-1 advantage thanks to an 8-5 win at #2 doubles by Reilly Connaher and Chelsey Will.

As if the #3 doubles comeback wasn't excitement enough, Goyke added to it with a three-set come-from-behind win as well. She found herself down 5-2 in the third set, but battled back to win 7-5. Connaher then swept her #2 singles counterpart, 6-0, 6-0.

Seemingly trailing 4-1, Lakeland got singles wins from #3, #4 and #5 before Stoffel was able to defeat her opponent 6-4, 6-0 to give Marian the 5-4 team win.

The Sabres will be back in action Wednesday, Sept. 18, when they take on Wisconsin Lutheran College at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.


Marian University 5, Lakeland College 4
09/18/12 at Kohler, Wis. (Sports Core) 

Singles competition

1. Goyke, Ann (MU) def. Schmitz, April (LC) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

2. Connaher, Reilly (MU) def. Oberthaler, Jenna (LC) 6-0, 6-0

3. Hoffmann, Erica (LC) def. Hartzell, Brynn (MU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

4. Pipke, Lynn (LC) def. Will, Chelsey (MU) 6-0, 6-1

5. Jurek, Brittany (LC) def. Brooker, Sarah (MU) 6-0, 6-2

6. Stoffel, Rachell (MU) def. Stephani, Alissa (LC) 6-4, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Schmitz, April/Pipke, Lynn (LC) def. Goyke, Ann/Hartzell, Brynn (MU) 8-2

2. Connaher, Reilly/Will, Chelsey (MU) def. Hoffmann, Erica/Jurek, Brittany (LC) 8-5

3. Brooker, Sarah/Stoffel, Rachell (MU) def. Oberthaler, Jenna/Tonn, Samantha (LC) 9-8 (7-3)


Match Notes

Marian University 5-6

Lakeland College 4-6