ORLANDO, Fla. - The Creighton women's tennis team earned a very critical doubles point and held on in singles play to defeat a very good Grand Valley State team 5-2 in the Spring Break opener. The Bluejays won two of three in doubles play and then won four of the six singles matches.
Creighton improves to 5-4 on the season, while Grand Valley State, who finished the 2011 season 25-1 with their only loss coming in the NCAA Tournament, is now 15-7 on the year.
Mary McMullan and Kelsey Schmidt won their third straight match at the No. 2 doubles, defeating Leah Dancz and Allison Fecko 8-3. Creighton secured the doubles point when Elizabeth Vermillion and Amanda Noonan downed Lexi Rick and Niki Shipman 8-6 in the No. 3 doubles. The win moves the freshman duo to 4-1 this spring. In the lone doubles win for GVSU, Tara Hayes and Alyssa Lucas defeated Jennie Hartjes and Analese Snyder 8-6 in No. 1 doubles.
Hartjes turned around and won her singles match at No. 1 singles, defeating Niki Shipman in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 (4). Schmidt was successful in the No. 3 singles, downing Leah Dancz 6-3, 7-5, while McMullan defeated Lexi Rice 6-4, 7-6 in the No. 4 singles. Creighton's final singles point came in the No. 6 singles, where Taylor Koehrsen ousted Morgan Patterson 6-0, 4-6, 10-5.
Grand Valley State's two wins came at No. 2 and No. 5 singles, with Tara Hayes defeating Snyder 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2 and Anne Marie Morin defeating Vermillion 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5.
Creighton will be in action again tomorrow, when they play Sacred Heart.