March 29, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - The Grand Valley State women's tennis team dropped a close match against Indiana (Pa.), 5-4, on Friday afternoon at the Tow Path Tennis Center.
Grand Valley State moves to 22-5 on the season, while Indiana (Pa.) improves to 9-6. GVSU holds a No. 42 national rank, while IUP is 44th in the ITA Top 50 poll.
The Hawks grabbed two doubles points with wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Kali Phillips and Claire Cooper paired up in the No. 3 position to pick up an 8-5 win for a 2-1 score heading into singles play.
Phillips then defeated Erika Schnaas, 6-0, 6-3, to even the match before Lexi Rice won in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 7-5 to put the Lakers out in front. IUP then even the matched with a victory in the No. 2 position, but Cooper defeated Emilia Osborne, 7-5, 7-5 to give GVSU a 4-3 advantage.
The Crimson Hawks then grabbed another win to even the match at 4-4 in the No. 6 spot. Morgan Patterson won her first set, but eventually fell to Ranvita Mahto. With the match tied and just the No. 1 match remaining, Niki Shipman fell in the first set before falling in the second. Shipman then took the third set to a tie-breaker, but eventually fell, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 to Katie Eaton.
Grand Valley State returns to the court on April 13 in St. Louis, Mo. The Lakers face off with Drury at 2 p.m. at the neutral site of Missouri-St. Louis.