MU opens fall schedule on high note
Richmond, Ind. – Manchester University made a strong early-season statement Thursday, Sept. 5, toppling National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ opponent Indiana University – East 7-2.
Manchester (1-0 overall) took a commanding lead after doubles play, only surrendering two games in the combined efforts at each of the three doubles positions. Senior doubles partners Kara Gilley (Plymouth, Ind.) and Brandy Leeper (Bremen, Ind.) picked up where they left off last spring, finishing the Red Wolves’ Paige Froman and Chelsea Helms 8-2. The number two doubles tandem of senior Abby Berry (Huntington, Ind.) and sophomore Megan Buckner (Muncie, Ind.) and the number three doubles team of senior Jillian Bower (Galveston, Ind.) and sophomore Morgan Wolf (Otterbein, Ind.) both put 8-0 wins.
With a 3-0 lead going into singles, the combined efforts of Berry, Bower and Wolf picking up victories at the four-through six slots, including straight-set decisions for Bower and Wolf, sealed the Black and Gold’s team win. Leeper turned in the seventh and final point of the night with a straight-set win at number two singles.
Manchester University is back in action Saturday, Sept. 7. They travel to Franklin College, with the men’s team, for a mixed doubles tournament. Start time at FC’s campus courts is 10 a.m.
Close-knit clash with IU-East begins fall slate
Richmond, Ind.- Fueled by three of five singles victories, Manchester University narrowly missed a road dual victory at Indiana University – East Thursday, Sept. 5.
After the number two team of senior Miro Arguijo III (Corpus Christi, Tex.) and freshman Stratton Smith (New Palestine, Ind.) took an 8-5 win for the Spartans’ lone point in doubles’ competition, the Black and Gold attempted to produce a comeback in singles’ action. Senior Bobby Swaby (Farmersburg, Ind.) was the winner at two singles in a lengthy three-set match over Connor Kramer. Smith continued his excellence within his first competition at the collegiate level at number four singles, polishing off his Red Wolves’ opponent in straight sets, as did junior Alex Winger (Warsaw, Ind.). The home team managed to distance itself just enough with three singles decisions.
Coach Eric Christiansen’s group turns around Saturday, Sept, 7, for a mixed doubles tournament, with the Manchester University women’s team, at Franklin College. Start time is 10 a.m. at FC’s campus courts.