(Ann Arbor, MI/Father Gabriel Richard)
Denison senior Kelsey Geppner racked up a pair of wins at No. 1 singles as the Big Red split a pair of NCAC West matches last week. She opened the week with a straight-set victory over Wittenberg’s Olivia Underwood, before topping regionally-ranked Maggie MacPhail of DePauw 6-2, 7-6 on Saturday. Geppner, who is 13-10 on the year, has now topped four regionally-ranked opponents in singles matches this season. DU opened the week with a 5-0 win over Wittenberg, before dropping a narrow 5-4 decision against DePauw on Saturday.
Oberlin senior Brenna Sheldon led the Yeowomen to three wins last week against Wooster, 8-1, NCAA Div. II-member Tiffin, 5-4, and Ohio Wesleyan, 9-0. She combined for an overall record of 5-0 on the week, with three wins coming at No. 1 singles and two at No. 1 doubles. Her closest match came against Tiffin’s Caroline Nelhage. Sheldon won the first set, 6-4, before dropping the second, 1-6, but she did rebound with an 11-9 tiebreaker in the third set to secure the match-winning point for Oberlin.
(Bryn Mawr, PA/Agnes Irwin School)
Denison sophomore Meg Chiumento went 4-0 at No. 3 singles and 2-2 at No. 2 doubles with sophomore partner Sarah Torrence (Rockford, IL/Auburn) to lead the Big Red to a 3-1 record last week. DU opened the week with an 8-1 win over Kenyon and then finished in fifth-place at the Midwest Invitational with an 8-1 win over Gustavus Adolphus and a 5-4 triumph over Hope. Chiumento posted the decisive third-set win over Carly Capestany of Hope in the fifth-place match.
Taylor Diffley, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore Taylor Diffley contributed two of the Ladies’ points during a 7-2 NCAC East Division win over Allegheny on March 29th. As part of KC’s top doubles team, Diffley paired with freshman Jenna Murray (Darien, CT/Darien) for an 8-3 win, before topping Allegheny’s Sun Mo Koo by a 6-2, 6-2 margin at No. 1 singles. Diffley is now 12-7 in singles matches and 7-8 in doubles competition on the year.
(Loveland, CO/Thompson Valley)
Allegheny sophomore Andrea Brush combined for a perfect 4-0 record to help lead the Gators to back-to-back wins over Ramapo, 8-1, and St. Norbert, 6-3, last week in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Brush picked up both of her singles victories in the second flight and then teamed with classmate Sun Mo Koo (Burbank, CA/Burbank) for a 2-0 mark at No. 1 doubles.
|Rachel Mole, Wooster
(Jamestown, NY/Frewsburg Central)
Wooster freshman Rachel Mole was nearly perfect in leading the Fighting Scots to a 2-1 record on their first week of spring break action in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Mole won a pair of matches at No. 1 singles, defeating Fairmont State’s Erin McKown 6-2, 6-4, and Catholic’s Laura Torsiello by a 6-1, 6-4 margin. She also paired with sophomore Catherine Christian (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Marian) for a perfect 3-0 record in the No. 1 doubles position. The Fighting Scots earned their two wins on the week against NCAA Div. II member Fairmont St., 7-0, and Catholic, 8-1.
(Carmel, IN/Park Tudor)
DePauw senior Caroline Emhardt was a double winner for the 12th-ranked Tigers in their 6-3 victory over No. 9 Chicago on Saturday. The win avenged a 5-4 loss against the Maroons just eight days earlier in the opening round of the ITA Indoor National National Championship Tournament. Emhardt teamed with junior Maggie MacPhail (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) for an 8-5 win over Chicago’s Jordan Appel and Tiffany Chen at No. 2 doubles and then defeated Stephanie Lee at No. 5 singles by a 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3) margin.
Brenna Sheldon, Oberlin
DePauw junior Kaitlin Pickrel went 2-0 on the week at No. 4 singles and also teamed with junior Julie Wittwer (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) for a 3-0 record at No. 3 doubles. On the week, the Tigers topped Olivet Nazarene, 7-2, on Thursday, before earning a pair of 9-0 wins over Principia and NCAC West foe Ohio Wesleyan over the weekend.
(Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor)
DePauw junior Maggie MacPhail led the 13th-ranked Tigers to a 6-3 victory over No. 12 Washington (MO) on Sunday in Elsah, Illinois. MacPhail, who is ranked 21st in the region in singles, topped the region’s 11th-ranked player in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 and then teamed with Caroline Emhardt (Carmel, INPark Tudor) for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.