The Heidelberg University men’s and women’s tennis team traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina to continue the spring portion of their 2012-13 season. Starting on Monday, March 11 the Heidelberg ladies squared off with four opponents in as many days.
Despite the Student Princes returning to Ohio winless as a team, the Berg played tough and collected a few individual victories in South Carolina.
The first matchup for the Heidelberg ladies was against Richard Stockton (N.J.) College. Katie Strahan (West Chester/Lakota East) and freshman Sophey Fugate (Cincinnati/Lakota East) led the Heidelberg women, winning both of their singles matches and pairing up to take down the Richard Stockton number one doubles duo as well.
The tandem defeated their doubles counterparts 8-3 for the only Heidelberg doubles victory. In singles action, Strahan downed her opponent in two sets, 6-0; 6-4, while Fugate dropped her singles opponent, 6-3; 6-0.
The final singles victory for the Berg came from the racket of sophomore Sarah Potts (Clyde). Potts played as Heidelberg’s number three and bested her opponent, 10-8. The two ladies only played one set because of darkness.
The Berg took on Greenville (IL.) College in their second contest, dropping the matchup, 7-2.
Again it was the duo of Strahan and Fugate that took down the Panthers number one pairing this time to the tune of 8-2.
The lone singles victory came from Fugate, who bested her GC counterpart, 7-5; 6-1.
The Student Princes took on Spring Arbor (MI.) University on their third day of competition. The Berg suffered a 9-0 loss to the Cougars with Strahan and Fugate scoring the Berg’s closest match; a 6-8 loss.
In the final contest of their southern swing, the Student Princes battled the Eagles of Juniata (PA.) College. The Berg defaulted their third doubles matchup and the sixth singles match falling to Juniata, 8-1.
Strahan competed in the number one spot against the Eagles and scored the lone Berg victory. Katie bested her opponent in two sets, 6-2; 6-1.
The Heidelberg women return to Ohio to begin Ohio Athletic Conference competition on Saturday, March 23 against the Crusaders of Capital University. The match is to be played at the Heidelberg University Tennis Courts, but in the event of inclement weather, the Student Princes and the Crusaders will battle each other at the Lexington Racquet Club in Lexington, Ohio.
Action is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.