WINONA LAKE – Grace College’s women’s tennis team improved to 6-1 with a convincing 8-1 victory over St. Francis on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers are enjoying their second-best start in team history, tying last year’s 6-1 start.

The best start in program history came in 2008 when the Lady Lancers started 10-1 en route to an 11-2 final record.

Tuesday’s match started with singles’ competition. Emily Mast at No. 1 singles, Jayna Armstrong at No. 4 and Shelby Bankson at No. 6 were all perfect 6-0, 6-0 in their matches.

Carrie Copeland sped by her opponent to win 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and Morgan Mast produced a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles.

Grace only lost two games across the three doubles courts in a dominant finish to the match at Miller Athletic Complex. Emily Mast and Jenna Jackson were perfect 8-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Morgan Mast and Armstrong mimicked that perfect scoreline at No. 3 doubles.

Copeland and Molly Fitzpatrick also won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.

The Lady Lancers will head to ITA Regionals to end the week in an annual test against the best teams in the midwest.



Men’s Tennis

WINONA LAKE – Grace’s men’s tennis team pitched a shutout against St. Francis on Tuesday, winning 9-0 at Miller Athletic Complex.

The Lancers (3-3, 3-2 Crossroads League) won all six singles matches in straight sets to make quick work of the Cougars (0-5, 0-5 CL).

“Our doubles teams got us off to a great start by winning all three spots,” said Grace head coach Andy Lewis. “The team was focused and ready to play tonight, and we are starting to get a healthy Max back in the lineup.”

Pavle Popovic and Diego Zamora teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles, which proved to be the closest doubles match.

Max Rozas and Caleb Yoder won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, and Jacob Gray and Conner Bates won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

Rozas was unblemished 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, and Gray won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5. Popovic earned a 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and Zamora won by the same score at No. 3.

Arturo Fonseca battled to a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles, and Yoder rounded out the match with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6.

The Lancers wrap up the week by playing at ITA Regionals, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan. The regional tournament starts on Thursday.



Volleyball

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The longest road trip of the Crossroads League season ended quickly for Grace’s volleyball team.

The Lady Lancers swept Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday. The scores became increasingly closer until the end with Grace winning 25-14, 25-20 and 25-22.

Grace’s offense had a distinct advantage over the Cougars (7-6, 0-4 CL); the Lady Lancers (9-4, 3-2 CL) held a 50-33 edge in kills and 45-30 lead in assists. Grace hit at a .328 percentage as a team thanks to 42 assists by Alexa Hill.

Caylie Teel posted a double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs, making only two attack errors on a .378 percentage. Kelsee Zuidema also reached double figures with 15 kills at a .278 clip.

Grace blitzed MVNU from the opening set. The Lady Lancers smashed 16 kills with just two errors in the 11-point win.

Zuidema got Grace off to a fast start with kills on back-to-back plays to begin the second set. MVNU rallied, however, using a pair of 5-0 runs to pull ahead 18-14.

But Grace ended the game on an 11-2 run thanks to two kills apiece from Teel and Zuidema. Grace’s two freshmen, Makaela Lochmueller and Hanna Leach, produced a kill on the final two points to conclude the set.

The Cougars grabbed another lead midway through the third set at 14-9, hoping to extend the match. But the Lady Lancers slowly chipped away at MVNU’s cushion and tied the score at 19-19.

Teel helped shift momentum to Grace’s side with back-to-back kills, and Deborah Michalski officially ended the match with an ace.

Lochmueller finished the match with eight kills, two solo blocks and blow block assist, hitting at a .375 percentage. Marta Bleed tallied six kills, and Gina Novotny had 14 digs.

The Lady Lancers will continue league play on Friday, hosting Huntington at 7 p.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.



Women’s Golf

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio ­– Grace’s women’s golf team finished third at the Huntington Invitational, which was played Monday and Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers beat out three Crossroads League teams (Spring Arbor, Huntington, Mt. Vernon Nazarene) at Brookwood Golf Club.

Lauren Keiser and Anna Marshall tied for the team lead with 156 over the two-day tournament. Marshall shot 78 both rounds, and Keiser went 76-80.

Sydney Abbott carded an 83-81, and Kristin Holt was right behind at 83-84. Rachel Harvey rounded out the team’s scoring with a tournament total of 170.

Libby Tully (84-80) and Kara Godsey (85-81) both had strong showings while playing for Grace’s B team.

The Lady Lancers will host the Pure Michigan Invitational at Quail Ridge Golf Club on Sept. 19.