PARK FOREST, Ill. -- The Purdue University Northwest women's tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to visiting Olivet Nazarene at the Park Forest Tennis and Health Club Saturday.
Freshman Kelli Canul (Munster, Ind./Munster) won a singles match by defeating Olivet’s Grace Matheis with a score of 6-2 in the first set, and finishing it off with 6-1 victory in the second.
Olivet jumped out to an early lead by starting off 5-0 in singles competition. Junior Carolina Yepez (Guayaquil, Ecuador) was able to win 4 games against Jovana Parlic (ONU) but Parlic picked it up and ended up finishing the set 6-4 and Parlic won the second set with a score of 6-3. Giulia Castigloni (Lugano, Switzerland) won four games in the first set at No. 3 singles and three in the second but ONU's Dana Huck won the match, 6-4, 6-3.
Lena van Bergen (Wesel, Germany) won two games in the first set but ONU's Tarranum Handa picked up the victory, 6-2, 6-0. Patricia Dizon (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator) picked up a game in the opening set and three in the second but Susana Andres won at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-3.
Olivet went 3-0 in doubles competition but the Pride did not go down without a fight. Yepez and Cynthia Basu-Chavez (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) bested Amanda Eberly and Parlic 6 games but fell short with Eberly and Parlic winning the match 8-6. Basu-Chavez put up a fight at No. 5 singles but ultimately fell, as the senior won four games in the first set and three in the final one but ONU's Amanda Eberly won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
PNW returns to action Saturday, March 2 as the Pride host Ill.-Springfield at the Match Point Tennis Club.
Park Forest, Ill. (Park Forest Tennis and Health Club)
ONU 8, PNW 1
SINGLES -- 1. Tarranum Handa (ONU) def. Lena van Bergen (PNWWT) 6-2, 6-0; 2. Susana Andres (ONU) def. Patricia Dizon (PNWWT) 6-1, 6-3; 3. Dana Huck (ONU) def. Giulia Castiglioni (PNWWT) 6-4, 6-3; 4. Jovana Parlic (ONU) def. Carolina Yepez (PNWWT) 6-4, 6-3; 5. Amanda Eberly (ONU) def. Cynthia Basu-Chavez (PNWWT) 6-4, 6-3; 6. Kelli Canul (PNWWT) def. Grace Matheis (ONU) 6-2, 6-1.
DOUBLES -- 1. Tarranum Handa/Susana Andres (ONU). def. Lena van Bergen/Patricia Dizon (PNWWT) 8-4 2. 2. Amanda Eberly/Jovana Parlic (ONU) def. Carolina Yepez/Cynthia Basu-Chavez (PNWWT) 3. Dana Huck/Anna Belschner (ONU) def. Kelli Canul/ Giulia Castiglioni (PNWWT) 8-4.