Foresters fifth in MCC tourney


The Foresters competed in the MCC conference tournament over the weekend and finished fifth with six points. Indiana Wesleyan won the team title with 25 points followed by Taylor with 11. For complete results, see MCC Women's Tournament Results.
In double's play, defending MCC champions Stephanie Strong and Raelyn Althoff made a run to the title match, but lost a heart-breaker 9-7 to the top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan duo after they had held a commanding 7-4 lead. They knocked off Spring Arbor 8-1 in their first round match and then defeated Taylor 8-5 to earn the spot in the championship match.

Haley Neiderhiser and Joni Holsem edged Bethel 9-8 (3) in their first doubles' match at #2, but then succumbed to Indiana Wesleyan 8-6 in the semi-finals.

Liz Hull and Kristen Lahman fell 8-4 to Marian in their first contest at #3 doubles.

In singles' action, Althoff downed St. Francis 6-4, 6-4 and then dismissed Taylor 6-2, 6-3 to earn a spot in the title match at #3 singles. Indiana Wesleyan's Eva Delk, the top seed in the bracket, denied Althoff the victory 6-1, 6-2.

Erica Abel was the only other Forester to win a singles' match. She came from behind to down Bethel 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 in her opening match and then fell 6-4, 6-3 to St. Francis.

Other singles' results included losses in first round action by Kyla Zartman (6-0, 6-0) at #1, Neiderhiser (2-6, 6-1, 6-2) at #2, Lahman (6-3, 6-4) at #4 and Hull (5-7, 6-1, 6-3) at #5.

"I was disappointed in how the women's team finished," said HU coach Gary Turner. "I felt bad for Steph and Rae because I know how badly they wanted to repeat as champions."

Strong finished her MCC career with her fourth consecutive First Team All-Conference honor. Althoff earned her third and Neiderhiser was a first-time selection as a freshman. For a complete list of All-Conference honorees, see Women's MCC All-Conference Team.




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