The Bethel College women's tennis team, like all other spring sports at Bethel this year, was forced to deal with poor weather conditions throughout the month of April. In fact, the team was only able to practice outdoors twice the entire month. Still, attitudes were positive and the ladies worked hard whenever indoor courts were available.
The Lady Pilots got off to a great start with a 7-2 victory over Indiana Tech in their first match of the spring. Then after dropping a hard-fought match to St. Mary's College by the score of 7-2, the team traveled to Cedarville, Ohio and lost a tough 5-4 decision in extremely frigid and windy conditions. After a scheduled match with Manchester College was rained out, the Lady Pilots took on 14th ranked (NAIA) Olivet Nazarene University in the North Central Region Championship match. The doubles teams of Molly O'Grady & Whitney Neuenschwander (number one), Bethany Blodgett & Morgan McFarren (number two), and Melissa Ramer & Jill Focht (number three) all played incredible doubles. In fact, the Lady Pilots led on all three courts deep into their matches before ONU rallied to claim a 3-0 lead before closing out the title match in singles. As a result, the Lady Pilots finished the 2012-13 season with a mark of 12-7.
Individual recognition this spring goes out to Molly O'Grady who was named a second-team NCCAA All-American. In addition, Whitney Neuenschwander and Morgan McFarren earned both NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors. And Jill Focht was named an NCCAA Scholar-Athlete as well.
"Coach Gingerich and I were very proud of how our ladies handled themselves this spring in the face of a lot of adversity," stated coach, John Natali. "We really only had the whole team together twice for practice the whole spring. Yet, they fought hard and played with a great deal of poise and class in each of their matches. Our top four girls – Molly, Whitney, Bethany and Melissa all played outstanding tennis for us in both singles and doubles. And Jill and Morgan played well and showed great team leadership again for us this spring. We will certainly miss our graduating seniors, but we firmly believe we have a very talented core of players returning. And along with the addition of a few promising freshmen, we are looking forward to continued success for Bethel women's tennis."