By Josh Neuhart
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Senior Day for Grace’s women’s tennis team ended in style with a 9-0 win over Goshen on a windy Tuesday afternoon.
The senior duo of Katie Etter and Julia Marsh started off their special day with a bang, blanking the Maple Leafs (0-10, 0-8 Crossroads League) 8-0 at No. 3 doubles. Jayna Huber and Gabrielle Lawrence won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, and freshmen Molly Fitzpatrick and Jenna Jackson won 8-6 at No. 1.
Etter completed a strong day with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. Lawrence at No. 4 and Mariah Zumbrun at No. 6 did not drop a set in a quick match, and Jackson was nearly efficient with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.
Fitzpatrick claimed a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2, and Natalia Kurkova clinched the sweep with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles.
“I’m very happy with how we finished the last two weeks of the season. The girls have continued to improve and are playing really good tennis right now,” said Grace head coach Scott Moore. “I’m thankful for our two seniors – Katie and Julia. They have been great leaders for our program and will definitely be missed!”
The Lady Lancers finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, 3-5 in the CL. Grace is currently sixth in the league standings with a handful of matches remaining for the final CL squads. The first round of the 2015 CL Tournament starts on Oct. 6.