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The Cornerstone Men's & Women's Tennis teams each kicked off the season on Wednesday with a trip to Goshen College.
Men's Tennis started strong, sweeping the doubles. It seemed in singles there were a few first match jitters, as the quality of play was a little up and down, but nonetheless, Cornerstone took 4 out of the 6 singles matches to seal the 7-2 win. Winning in singles was Elijah Yi at #1 singles, Sam Ottosen at #2 singles, Austin Hendrick at #5 singles, and Andrew Son at #6 singles. It was the first collegiate win for freshmen Hendrick & Ottosen, who picke dup wins in both singles & doubles. Said Coach Erickson on the win: "We definitely had some first match jitters, and singles play was a little shaky, but I was very pleased with the way we came out and played aggressive doubles. Goshen has a solid team, and to leave with a convincing win, knowing we didn't play anywhere near our best tennis, is a good feeling. It's a good way to start the season, but we have a lot to work on as we move forward."
Women's tennis went into the match down a player, as normal #1 Heidi Boesl was out with a broken hand. The women fough hard though, coming through with a win at #3 singles (Ashley Greene) and a very long and hard fought loss at #4 singles, with Nicole Huizenga losing 7-5 in the third set.
Both teams return to action on Saturday September 6 with a trip to Fort Wayne, IN to play St. Francis & Huntington.
Today the Cornerstone Women's Tennis team travelled to Goshen, IN to take on Goshen College. Cornerstone had defeated Goshen last year 5-4 in a very close match, but fell short this year by a 7-2 count. Picking up wins for Cornerstone were Janie Silvers at #3 singles and Alli Rusticus at #4 singles. The match of the day, however, belonged to Alyssa Bart at #6 singles, who fell just short in a 3 set marathon. Coach Erickson on the match: "We picked up our first match wins of the season today, and the other matches were very competitive. I think we can feel good about our play today, knowing that even though we didn't get the team win, we are improving and making progress."
Next up for Cornerstone is at Davenport University on September 10.
Today the Cornerstone Women's Tennis team travelled to Bournannais, IL to take on #14 Olivet Nazarene University. ONU overwhelmed Cornerstone 9-0, with the best match of the day coming at #3 singles with Janie Silvers. Although her match was very close and entertaining, eventually ONU proved to have just a little bit more Coach Erickson on the match: "That is a really good Olivet Nazarene team that we just played. We had chances on a few courts today, especially in Janie's match, but we can hold our heads high know that they were just too good today."
Next up for Cornerstone is at Goshen College on September 6.
Today the Cornerstone Women's Tennis team opened their season on the road with a 9-0 loss to Bethel College. Ashley Greene & Janie Silvers, as well as the doubles team of Greene & Heidi Boesl all had extremely close competitive matches but fell just a little short. Coach Erickson on the match: "Obviously it would have been nice to start the season with a win, but this Bethel team is solid up and down their lineup. Our women played hard and well today but we couldn't quite close out some sets. This is something we are going to need to work on. When we have chances, we need to be able to capitalize on them. Still, I'm proud of the way that we played and am really excited for the rest of the season."
Next up for Cornerstone is at Olivet Nazarene University on September 3.