Non-league, HCAC competition highlights home matches

Manchester University sets for back-to-back home duals Thursday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 23.

Dual details: The Spartans (1-1 overall, 1-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) host non-league and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ foe Grace College of Winona Lake, Ind., at 4 p.m. Thursday and resume their loop schedule Saturday at 12 p.m. when Earlham College pays a visit to the school’s outdoor courts.

Spartan Shorts: Thursday’s clash with the Lancers begins a busy stretch for Coach Eric Christiansen’s team. They play four duals in a nine-day stretch with league trips to Defiance College Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Franklin College Saturday, Sept. 30, included with this week’s home events … Senior Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) tops the singles’ record ladder (2-0). She’s also part of the doubles leaders, joining fellow Class of 2018 member Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.) in registering a similar mark … Senior Erin Cordill(Zionsville, Ind.) earned her second career HCAC Athlete of the Week awards Sept. 18. She threw a double bagel number one singles win at Mt. St. Joseph and then joined senior doubles partner Mariam Ali (Giza, Egypt) to win by similar fashion in the top slot. The two victories helped lift MU to a 9-0 team triumph.

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