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Debut, tense final sets mark holiday match with Pride

GRIFFITH, Ind. — The first full week of September may have started on the wrong foot for the Goshen College women’s tennis team, but at least that foot was dry. The Maple Leafs dropped a 9-0 decision to Purdue University Northwest on Monday evening in a match moved indoors to the Match Point Tennis Club due to inclement weather in northwestern Indiana.

A scheduled men’s scrimmage between the same two programs was called off due to the rain.

The Pride, an NCAA Division II program playing its season opener, won all three doubles matches while dropping three games and did not drop a set in singles action.

Mags Dutchersmith made her college debut for the Maple Leafs (2-2), picking up two games in each set at no. 6 singles and pairing with Hannah Behm at the no. 2 doubles position.

On the singles side of the equation, Natalie Iholtz came within one service break of sending her no. 4 singles match to a third set against Cynthia Basu-Chavez. She also teamed with classmate Ashley Arroyo in an 8-1 loss at no. 3 doubles.

A third first-year collegian, Victoria Oakes, matched Iholtz with six games to the good against Pia Schmedding at the top singles spot; for the third straight match, Oakes and Chloe Woodward capped off the GC doubles lineup.

“It’s fun to watch our women play and compete on each court,” said Goshen director of tennis Evan Atkinson. “Our four freshmen continue to learn to construct points at a collegiate level and improve with every match. I’m proud of the hustle, fight, and attitude that our team is playing with at the moment. Purdue Northwest is a strong team and we learned about ourselves with this opportunity.”

Goshen returns to the court Wednesday afternoon in search of its second Crossroads League win of the year; the Maple Leafs will host Bethel College, with the men and women both facing off at 4:30 p.m.

Full Results: Purdue Northwest 9, Goshen 0

Singles:

  1. Pia Schmedding beat Victoria Oakes 6-2, 6-4
  2. Patricia Dizon beat Chloe Woodward 6-2, 6-0
  3. Carolina Yepez beat Hannah Behm 6-0, 6-2
  4. Cynthia Basu-Chavez beat Natalie Iholtz 6-1, 7-5
  5. Kelli Canul beat Ashley Arroyo 6-0, 6-2
  6. Anna Wachowski beat Mags Dutchersmith 6-2, 6-2

Doubles:

  1. Giulia Castiglioni/Schmedding beat Oakes/Woodward 8-0
  2. Basu-Chavez/Yepez beat Behm/Dutchersmith 8-2
  3. Canul/Wachowski beat Arroyo/Iholtz 8-1