A young Forester tennis squad backed up its tie for second place in the regular season with a second place finish in the MCC Tournament, qualifying them for the Region VIII Tournament in April.
Indiana Wesleyan kept its strangle hold in the title, winning it with 26 points. HU was second with 10 points followed by Marian (8), Goshen (6), Grace (5), Taylor (4), Bethel (3), St. Francis (1) and Spring Arbor (0).
For HU, #1 Stephanie Strong and #2 Raelyn Althoff both finished second in their singles' flights and earned MCC All-Conference honors, and Coach Turner was named the women's tennis Coach of the Year.
Kendra Ganz and Calli Fike were runners-up at #2 doubles. The Foresters also made it to the semifinal round at #4, #5 and #6 singles as well as #3 doubles.
In singles play, Strong defeated Laugle (Marian) 6-1, 6-1 and Wegener (Grace) 6-2, 6-2, before falling to Bauss (IWU) 6-4, 6-1 in the finals.
At #2, Althoff knocked off Smith (Spring Arbor) 6-3, 6-0 and Metz (Grace) 6-3, 6-1 and then fell to Haddad (IWU) 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.
Kendra Ganz was knocked out at #3 by Hedgebeth (IWU) by a 6-0, 6-3 score in the first round.
At #4, Fike beat Martin (Goshen) 6-1, 6-4 then was outlasted 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Kegley (Marian) in the semis.
Jessica Deter defeated Groff (Goshen) 6-0, 6-2 in her first match at #5, then was blanked 6-0, 6-0 by Gehrke (IWU).
At #6, Katie Sprunger beat King (Taylor) 6-2, 6-4, was ousted by Masterson (IWU) 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles play, #2 Ganz and Fike sent home Yoder and VanLue (St. Francis) 8-2 and Kegley and Rose (Marian) 8-3 before falling to Hedgebeth and Raymond (IWU) 8-1.
Deter and Liz Hull got a first round 8-4 win over Gotwals and Beck (Goshen) at #3, and then were knocked off by Kroics and Sizemore (Marian) 8-3 at #3.
At #1 doubles, Strong and Althoff suffered a disappointing 8-6 loss in first round action to Wegener and Zenan (Grace).
“I was very pleased with the way we played this weekend,” said Coach Turner. “Almost everyone made it through to the semi-finals. We have never had that before. We have steadily improved this year and I am very encouraged for our future.”