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Schuh will be next Grace women's tennis coach

2/27/13

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College has handed the reins of the school’s women’s tennis program to Larry Schuh, adding to his current responsibilities as the men’s tennis coach at Grace.

Schuh has transformed Grace’s men’s tennis program into an annual contender in the Crossroads League during his tenure.

Schuh, in his fifth season as the men’s coach, led the Lancers to a share of the regular season league championship in the fall – the program’s first title in 23 years.

Prior to Schuh’s arrival, the Lancers had not earned a league victory in four years. But under Schuh’s guidance, the Lancers have advanced to back-to-back league tournament championship matches. He was named the Coach of the Year in the league in 2009.

“I felt God’s leading to take the position a few weeks ago. I have a four-year plan in place to get the women’s program in the upper bracket of conference with the ultimate goal of winning it,” Schuh said. “But most importantly I look forward to leading the women into seeing tennis as simply an avenue through which to glorify God. Tennis is an awesome sport, but it is also a way to reflect our Lord and Savior.”

Grace’s women’s tennis team has finished in the top half of the league standings in three of the past five seasons.

The Lady Lancers’ current roster features young talent. Kristin Cassidy, a sophomore, was the team’s No. 1 singles player, and freshman Taryn Wuensch played No. 2 singles.

“I am really excited to have Larry lead both of our tennis programs. He’s done an incredible job with our men, and I expect he will do the same with the women’s team,” said Grace athletic director Bailey Weathers. “Two of Larry’s strengths are growing individual players and pulling together the tennis community’s resources to maximize the opportunity for our student-athletes to excel and thrive. I couldn’t be happier than to see Larry coaching the women at Grace.”


Lady Lancers bow out of Crossroads League Tournament

10/2/12

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team was eliminated from the Crossroads League Tournament by virtue of a 9-0 win by Marian on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers (2-8) fell in the quarterfinal round against the red-hot second-seeded Knights (10-1).

The Knights grabbed an early advantage by winning all three doubles matches by the score of 8-1 over Kristin Cassidy and Taryn Wuensch at No. 1 doubles, Nicole Beguin and Janelle Hess at No. 2 doubles and Esther Smith and Sarah Hinkel at No. 3 doubles.

Cassidy was the most competitive in singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 loss at No. 1 singles. Beguin at No. 3 singles won three games in defeat, and Hess (No. 4), Hinkel (No. 5) and Smith (No. 6) each won two games against Marian.

Grace’s loss concludes the first season for interim coach Joe Beeson. The Lady Lancers fielded a roster with lone senior Nicole Beguin leading the way. Grace managed to win back-to-back league matches late in the season to clinch a spot in the CL Tournament.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-2, 6-2
2. Taryn Wuensch lost 6-0, 6-1
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-1, 6-2
4. Janelle Hess lost 6-1, 6-1
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-1, 6-1
6. Esther Smith lost 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-1
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-1
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 8-1


Lady Lancers wrap up regular season with loss

9/29/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team concluded their regular season in defeat, falling 6-3 to the University of Saint Francis on Saturday.

Four different players helped earn points for the Lady Lancers (2-7; 2-6 Crossroads League), including a pair of freshmen.

The No. 3 duo of freshman Sarah Hinkel and sophomore Esther Smith earned Grace’s only point in doubles competition. The pair outlasted stiff competition to win 8-6.

Kristin Cassidy and Taryn Wuensch came up just short at No. 1 doubles with an 8-6 defeat.

Wuensch got her win in singles competition, however, as the freshman took a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles.

Janelle Hess earned the third point for Grace in hard-fought three-set win. After losing the opening set 5-7, Hess recovered to win 6-3 and 6-2 at No. 4 singles for Grace.

The Lady Lancers shift their focus to next week’s Crossroads League Tournament. Grace, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., on Tuesday for a match with second-seeded Marian University.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-3, 6-2
2. Taryn Wuensch won 6-1, 6-4
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-2, 6-1
4. Janelle Hess won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 7-5, 6-2
6. Esther Smith lost 6-1, 6-1

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-6
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-1
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith won 8-6


Grace drops home match to Racers

9/27/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team fell 9-0 in its final nonleague match of the season to Northwestern Ohio on Thursday.

The Lady Lancers (2-6) will wrap up the Crossroads League season on Saturday with a home match with Saint Francis that has implications on the league standings.

The Lady Lancers’ toughest battle in doubles competition came at No. 1 doubles. Grace’s duo of Kristin Cassidy and Taryn Wuensch shook off a slow start to end up losing 8-5.

Sarah Hinkel and Esther Smith won two sets in an 8-2 loss at No. 3 doubles.

Nicole Beguin was valiant in defeat at No. 3 singles. After dropping the first set 7-5, Beguin found herself in a hole to start the second set. But Beguin clawed back to force a superset, in which she ultimately fell 7-6 (4).

Wuensch won a combined four sets at No. 2 singles, and Hinkel won three sets at No. 5 singles.

Grace will hope to claim the No. 6 seed in the league standings in their regular season finale on Saturday. The Lady Lancers are tied with Saint Francis for sixth in the Crossroads League, which means the winner of Saturday’s match will play the No. 3 seed and the loser will face the No. 2 seed in the league tournament next week.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-0, 6-1
2. Taryn Wuensch lost 6-3, 6-1
3. Nicole Beguin lost 7-5, 7-6 (4)
4. Janelle Hess lost 6-0, 6-1
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-1, 6-2
6. Esther Smith lost 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-5
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-0
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 8-2


Singles matches launch Grace over Huntington

9/25/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team continued its late-season improvement with a come-from-behind 6-3 win over Huntington on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers (2-5; 2-5 Crossroads League) lost two of three doubles points before rallying to win five singles competitions en route to the team’s second straight league win.

Sarah Hinkel and Esther Smith earned the only doubles victory for Grace with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles.

Freshman Taryn Wuensch continued her impressive first season by pulling out a clutch 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles. Nicole Beguin at No. 3 singles also found herself in a tough match and was victorious by the score of 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Janelle Hess won the only three-set match of the afternoon with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win at No. 4 singles.

Hinkel coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles, and Smith rounded out Grace’s points at No. 6 singles by the score of 6-4, 6-1.

The Lady Lancers wrap up the regular season with a pair of home matches, including against Northwestern Ohio at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and against St. Francis at 10 a.m. Saturday.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-1, 6-3
2. Taryn Wuensch won 7-5, 7-5
3. Nicole Beguin won 7-6 (5), 6-1
4. Janelle Hess won 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
5. Sarah Hinkel won 6-2, 6-1
6. Esther Smith won 6-4, 6-1

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-1
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-6
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith won 8-2


Grace grabs first win of season, blanks Goshen

9/22/12

GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team has steadily improved since the start of their 2012 campaign. They capped off their progress with a 5-0 victory in a shortened match against Goshen on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (1-5; 1-5 CL) swept all three doubles matches and clinched their first victory of 2012 thanks to Kristin Cassidy at No. 1 singles and Nicole Beguin at No. 3 singles.

Due to inclement weather, the match was played on two indoor courts at Goshen. The Lady Lancers won the first five points of the match on Saturday, and the remainder of the singles matches were shortened to single sets.

Cassidy and Taryn Wuensch pulled out a tough 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Beguin and Janelle Hess eased away for an 8-2 win at No. 2.

Sarah Hinkel and Esther Smith completed Grace’s sweep in doubles play with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

After dropping her first set 6-3, Cassidy recovered quickly to win 6-4, 6-2 at the top singles position for Grace.

Beguin clinched the win with a decisive 6-1, 6-4 score at No. 3 singles.

The Lady Lancers won each of the remaining one-set singles matches. Wuensch won 6-1 at No. 2 singles, Hess won 6-4 at No. 4, Hinkel won 6-1 at No. 5, and Smith blanked her opponent 6-0 at No. 6.

Grace will hope to start a winning streak when they welcome Huntington University to Miller Field on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy won 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Taryn Wuensch won 6-1
3. Nicole Beguin won 6-1, 6-4
4. Janelle Hess won 6-4
5. Sarah Hinkel won 6-1
6. Esther Smith won 6-0

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch won 8-6
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess won 8-2
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith won 8-5


Smith, Wuensch win for Grace

9/18/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Esther Smith and Taryn Wuensch earned two points in singles competition as Grace’s women’s tennis team lost 7-2 to Bethel College on Tuesday.

Wuensch came from behind in her No. 2 singles match after falling in the first set 6-7 (6). She staved off a loss with a 7-5 win in the second set before clinching the match with a 6-2 win in the decisive third set.

Smith proved too strong for her opponent at No. 6 singles as she won by the score of 6-4 in both of her sets.

The Lady Lancers (0-5; 0-5 Crossroads League) could not manage any other points against the Pilots (5-3; 3-2 CL).

Grace won at least one game in every set against Bethel. In doubles competition, Nicole Beguin and Janelle Hess were the most competitive with an 8-3 loss at No. 2 doubles.

Beguin and Hess were the closest in defeat during singles play as well. Beguin lost 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, and Hess fell 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4.

Kristin Cassidy and Sarah Hinkel each won at least two games during their singles matches.

The Lady Lancers will hope for their first win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Goshen College for an 11 a.m. match.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-2, 6-1
2. Taryn Wuensch won 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-1, 6-4
4. Janelle Hess lost 6-3, 6-3
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-1, 6-1
6. Esther Smith won 6-4, 6-4

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-2
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-3
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 8-1


Lady Lancers show improvement against Taylor

9/11/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Despite losing 7-2 to Taylor University on Tuesday, Grace’s women’s tennis team showed marked improvement in defeat.

The Lady Lancers won their first matches of the season, including victories from Janelle Hess in singles play and from Kristin Cassidy and Taryn Wuensch in doubles competition.

Hess won the first singles point of the year for Grace at No. 4 singles by the score of 6-3, 6-1. Freshman Taryn Wuensch was competitive at No. 2 singles before ultimately falling 6-2, 6-3.

Wuensch teamed up with Cassidy at No. 1 doubles, however, to give Grace an 8-5 victory. All three of Grace’s doubles points were close as Nicole Beguin and Hess fell 8-6 at No. 2 doubles, and Sarah Hinkel and Esther Smith were narrowly ousted in extra points, 9-7.

With three extremely competitive doubles matches and two wins overall, Grace’s match with Taylor was undoubtedly their strongest performance of the season.

The Lady Lancers will take a break from league action with a trip to the ITA Tournament the rest of the week.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-3, 6-0
2. Taryn Wuensch lost 6-2, 6-3
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-2, 6-1
4. Janelle Hess won 6-3, 6-1
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-1, 6-2
6. Esther Smith lost 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch won 8-5
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-6
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 9-7


Wildcats too much for Lady Lancers to handle

9/8/12

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan handed Grace's women's tennis team its third loss to start the season as the Lady Lancers were defeated 9-0.

The Lady Lancers (0-3; 0-3 Crossroads League) were led in the loss by Kristin Cassidy, who won five sets for Grace in singles and doubles competition.

Sarah Hinkel and Esther Smith were the most competitive doubles match at No. 3 doubles as they fell 8-2.

In singles competition, Cassidy gave the Wildcats' No. 1 singles player all she could handle. Cassidy lost 6-3 in the first set before a 6-1 defeat in the second.

Nicole Beguin (No. 3 singles), Hinkel (No. 5) and Smith (No. 6) each won a set in singles play.

The Lady Lancers return to Miller Field on Tuesday for a match with Taylor University at 3 p.m.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-3, 6-1
2. Taryn Wuensch lost 6-0, 6-0
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-0, 6-1
4. Janelle Hess lost 6-0, 6-0
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-1, 6-0
6. Esther Smith lost 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-1
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-0
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 8-2


Grace drops second match of year to Marian

9/5/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace's women's tennis team was not able to keep pace with Crossroads League leader Marian University, falling 9-0 on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (0-2; 0-2 CL) failed to earn a point against the Knights (4-0; 4-0 CL), who have stormed through their first four league matches of 2012.

The tandem of Kristin Cassidy and Taryn Wuensch at No. 1 doubles provided the most competitive match of the afternoon. Cassidy and Wuensch battled tough but ultimately lost 8-6.

In singles play, Cassidy lost 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and Wuensch fell 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.

Nicole Beguin won the most sets for Grace at No. 3 singles as she was defeated 6-3, 6-2.

The Lady Lancers will continue action with a trip to Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday at 11 a.m.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-3, 6-1
2. Taryn Wuensch lost 6-1, 6-3
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-3, 6-2
4. Janelle Hess lost 6-0, 6-2
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-0, 6-1
6. Esther Smith lost 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-6
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-3
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 8-1


Spring Arbor tops Grace in season opener

9/4/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace's women's tennis team started out the 2012 season with a 9-0 loss to Spring Arbor at Miller Field on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers (0-1; 0-1 CL) were not able to snatch a point in doubles play against the Cougars. Nicole Beguin and Janelle Hess put up the strongest fight at No. 2 doubles, narrowly falling 8-6.

The Cougars (1-2; 1-2 CL) swept the Lady Lancers in singles competition. Freshman Taryn Wuensch was within striking distance at No. 2 singles but was edged out 6-4, 6-2.

Both Beguin (No. 3 singles) and Sarah Hinkel (No. 5 singles) each took their second set to a 6-4 score, but Spring Arbor proved too much to handle in Grace’s season opener.

The Lady Lancers will continue league play with a home match on Wednesday against Marian University at 3 p.m.

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-2, 6-0
2. Taryn Wuensch lost 6-4, 6-2
3. Nicole Beguin lost 6-1, 6-4
4. Janelle Hess lost 6-1, 6-1
5. Sarah Hinkel lost 6-1, 6-4
6. Esther Smith lost 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Kristin Cassidy/Taryn Wuensch lost 8-4
2. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 8-6
3. Sarah Hinkel/Esther Smith lost 8-2