Tennis falls to Vanguard (Calif.) in NAIA tournament's opening round

Amy Grossklag
Amy Grossklag

Ali Sivinski
Ali Sivinski

Game Summary
Women’s Tennis

Mobile, Ala. – Evangel lost to 11th ranked Vanguard (Calif.) 8-1 in the opening round of the NAIA national women’s tennis championships this afternoon in Mobile, Alabama.

The Crusaders earned a point winning a doubles match as Amy Grossklag and Ali Sivinski defeated Juliet Labarthe and Michaele Sullivan 9-7. Evangel’s doubles pair of Phine Mulumba and Kailey Roland was edged by Melanie Parker and Anita Taranto 8-5. Jenna Elliott and Kelly Bush fell to Nina Pudar and Gabriele Alford 8-2.

Evangel’s top singles player, Amy Grossklag, lost 6-2, 6-1 to Juliet Labarthe. Grossklag, a sophomore from Bonita Springs, Florida, entered the event ranked 14th nationally among singles players but was matched up with the 10th ranked Labarthe.

Ali Sivinski, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, pushed Michaele Sullivan to a third set falling 5-7, 6-0, 10-4.

The loss ends Evangel’s season at 11-4 and improved Vanguard to 12-16.

Evangel’s national tournament appearance was the school’s first under the NAIA’s current match-play format and their first national tournament bid in women’s tennis since 1984. The Crusaders won back-to-back District 16 championships in 1983 and 1984 advancing to national tournament play in an individual and doubles tournament formats.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FINAL

Crusaders (11-4)

1

#11 Vanguard   (12-16)

8

Singles:

#1 Juliet Labarthe (VU) def. Amy Grossklag (EU) 6-2, 6-1

#2 Nina Pudar (VU) def. Jenna Elliott (EU) 6-4, 6-0

#3 Michaele Sullivan (VU) def. Ali Sivinski (EU) 5-7, 6-0, 10-4

#4 Gabriele Alford (VU) def. Kelly Bush (EU) 6-0, 6-1

#5 Melanie Parker (VU) def. Phine Mulumba (EU) 6-0, 6-0

#6 Anita Taranto (VU) def. Kailey Roland (EU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:

#1 Grossklag/Sivinski (EU) def. Labarthe/Sullivan (VU)  9-7

#2 Pudar/Alford (VU) def. Bush/Elliott (EU) 8-2

#3 Parker/Taranto (VU) def. Mulumba/Roland (EU) 8-5

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