Spartans’ tennis begins fall schedule

Bethel College of Mishawaka, Ind., is the guests of the Manchester University men’s and women’s teams Friday, Sept. 8.

Dual details: First serve at the university’s outdoor courts, located on the northeast corner of campus, is 2:30 p.m.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Eric Christiansen’s women’s team went 2-3 against host Franklin College and 4-0 versus Midway College at FC’s Proset Doubles event Sept. 2 … A quartet of individuals named to the Players to Watch section and 53 ranking points highlighted a top five prediction for MU on the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, released Aug. 22. The Black and Gold’s ranking point total left them fourth, trailing only preseason favorite and defending champion Rose-Hulman (77 points – five first place votes); Hanover College (75 points – three first-place votes); and Franklin College (63 points). A core of Class of 2018 members Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.)Katie Peden(North Manchester, Ind.)Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) and Mariam Ali (Giza, Egypt) represented the Spartans among the Players to Watch list … “I’m looking forward (to seeing what we can do),” Christiansen said. “We have a roster of around ten which is a good thing with competition core in some singles and doubles spots. Beyond the returning group, the first years have a lot of potential as they were top players from their high school programs. It is a matter of how quickly the step (into the flow) of college tennis. This senior bunch is almost like coaches. Erin is such a quiet leader, but she is always willing to go out with any of the other players and hit. Mariam is an excellent study in being able to get your feet on the ground and moving quickly. Katie leads the troops in regards to organizing things on and off the court, and Katy just loves the game and this team.” … Thursday’s meeting with the Pilots is the lone dual on the men’s fall schedule. “We use the fall to get the guys back into the rhythm of playing while offering the freshman a chance to see what the college game is like,” Christiansen said.

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