The Bethel College women's tennis team opened their 2013 spring season on Saturday afternoon hosting the Indiana Tech Warriors. And the Lady Pilots picked up right where they left off in the fall by playing excellent tennis and prevailing by the score of 7-2. The win improves Bethel's overall record for 2012-13 to 12-4.
The match began with doubles play where the Lady Pilots won all three matches. Molly O'Grady and Whitney Neuenschwander won at number one by the score of 8-1, while Bethany Blodgett and Morgan McFarren dominated at number two, winning 8-0. And the number three team of Melissa Ramer and Jill Focht fought their way to a close 9-7 victory.
In singles action, the Lady Pilots took four of six matches to close out the team competition. Molly O'Grady and Melissa Ramer each cruised to straight set wins at numbers one and four respectively. Morgan McFarren dropped her first set at the number five position before rebounding to win her match in three sets. And Bethany Blodgett won an outstanding match at number three by the score of 7-6, 7-6.
"Being our first match of the spring season, and knowing that Indiana Tech was much improved, Coach Gingerich and I knew it would be an interesting challenge for us today", stated Bethel coach, John Natali. "But we got off to a great start in doubles as Molly and Whitney were solid at number one, Bethany and Morgan were overwhelming winners at number two, and Melissa and Jill got off to a fast start in their match before needing to bear down at the end and finish with a W. Then in singles, everyone played their hearts out and we got great wins from Molly, Bethany, Melissa and Morgan. Overall, this was a very satisfying win for us."
The Lady Pilots will return to action on Thursday, April 11th when they will host St. Mary's College in a match scheduled to begin at 4:00pm.
Singles 1 - 6
#1 Molly O'Grady: 6-3, 6-0
#2 Whitney Neuenschwander: 3-6, 6-7 (5)
#3Bethany Blodgett: 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
#4Melissa Ramer: 6-1, 6-2
#5 Morgan McFarren: 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
#6Taryn Johnson: 3-6, 4-6
Doubles 1 - 3
#1 O'Grady/Neuenschwander: 8-1
#2 McFarren/Blodgett: 8-0
#3 Ramer/Focht: 9-7