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2009-10

Grace Tennis Players Receive Postseason Honors

10/14/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Michael Blevins, Nikola Todorovic and Jessica Stolle were named to the Mid-Central College All-Conference Team after the conclusion of the tennis season last weekend. Men's tennis head coach Larry Schuh was also awarded MCC Coach of the Year.

Stolle, a junior, earned all-conference honors for the third straight year. She won the #1 singles title her freshman year, and lost in the second round her next two years. Stolle has compiled a career record of 36-6 over her first three years. This year, she finished 11-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

Blevins won the #1 singles title as the number four seed in the MCC tournament upsetting two opponents that beat him during the regular season. The freshman finished 11-3 overall and 4-3 in MCC play.

Todorovic advanced to the #2 singles championship match in the MCC tournament but fell in three sets to the number one seed. Todorovic, also a freshman, finished 11-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference.

This year, the men's tennis team has excelled under Schuh. The Lancers rebounded from a 2-10 (0-8 MCC) record last year to a 6-5 (4-3 MCC) record this year; and after finishing last in the conference, Schuh led the men to a fourth place regular season finish and a fifth place finish in the conference tournament.

Schuh has brought a change of culture to men's tennis at Grace. The Lancers earned their first MCC win in four years when they defeated Bethel College on Sept. 3, and they also won at least five matches for the first time in six years.

Schuh brought in freshmen Blevins and Todorovic, who have been a dominant force at #1 and #2 singles for the Lancers.


Lady Lancers Continue Winning Streak

10/5/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – For the second straight year, Grace College's women's tennis team has earned 10 victories or more in the regular season.

The Lady Lancers (10-3; 5-3 MCC) concluded their season with a 9-0 sweep over Manchester College on Monday. The victory was Grace's ninth in a row and sixth sweep of the year.

"We have a lot of momentum entering the conference tournament," said head coach Deron Datzman. "We need to continue playing like we have been because the MCC is so talented."

After starting the season with a 9-0 sweep over Calumet of St. Joseph, Grace dropped their next three matches to conference opponents Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor and Marian.

The Lady Lancers followed their loss to Marian with nine straight victories, five over conference opponents (Bethel, Goshen, Huntington, St. Francis, Spring Arbor). Since their 4-5 loss to Marian, no team has earned more than two games against Grace.

"The women have a lot of confidence with the strong finish to the year," Datzman continued. "Looking forward, I expect some closer matches in the conference tournament. Our women need to be ready."

Grace will most likely play Huntington in the first round of the MCC tournament. On Sept. 24, the Lady Lancers defeated Huntington 7-2.

Match times have yet to be released.

Singles Competition
1. Jessica Stolle (GC) def. April Erxleben (MC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Alisha Anthony (GC) def. Emily Vail (MC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Jenessa Jergensen(GC) def.Kessie Karg (MC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Andrea Redhair (GC) def. Alyssa Dibley (MC) 6-3, 6-1
5. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Eizabeth Strahammer 6-0, 6-0
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Rachael Larson 6-1, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Erxleben/Vail (MC) 8-0
2. A. Redhair/Jergensen (GC) def. Karg/Dibley 8-0
3. M. Redhair/Nicole Beguin (GC) def. Strahammer/Larson 8-0


Lady Lancers Continue Winning Streak

10/5/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – For the second straight year, Grace College's women's tennis team has earned 10 victories or more in the regular season.

The Lady Lancers (10-3; 5-3 MCC) concluded their season with a 9-0 sweep over Manchester College on Monday. The victory was Grace's ninth in a row and sixth sweep of the year.

"We have a lot of momentum entering the conference tournament," said head coach Deron Datzman. "We need to continue playing like we have been because the MCC is so talented."

After starting the season with a 9-0 sweep over Calumet of St. Joseph, Grace dropped their next three matches to conference opponents Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor and Marian.

The Lady Lancers followed their loss to Marian with nine straight victories, five over conference opponents (Bethel, Goshen, Huntington, St. Francis, Spring Arbor). Since their 4-5 loss to Marian, no team has earned more than two games against Grace.

"The women have a lot of confidence with the strong finish to the year," Datzman continued. "Looking forward, I expect some closer matches in the conference tournament. Our women need to be ready."

Grace will most likely play Huntington in the first round of the MCC tournament. On Sept. 24, the Lady Lancers defeated Huntington 7-2.

Match times have yet to be released.

Singles Competition
1. Jessica Stolle (GC) def. April Erxleben (MC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Alisha Anthony (GC) def. Emily Vail (MC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Jenessa Jergensen(GC) def.Kessie Karg (MC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Andrea Redhair (GC) def. Alyssa Dibley (MC) 6-3, 6-1
5. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Eizabeth Strahammer 6-0, 6-0
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Rachael Larson 6-1, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Erxleben/Vail (MC) 8-0
2. A. Redhair/Jergensen (GC) def. Karg/Dibley 8-0
3. M. Redhair/Nicole Beguin (GC) def. Strahammer/Larson 8-0


Lady Lancers Sweep Defiance College

10/2/09

Defiance, OH – The Grace College women’s tennis team traveled to Ohio on Friday to take on the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College. The Lady Lancers (9-3; 5-3 MCC) brought home the win taking all nine games, while handing Defiance their 13th loss of the season.

Kelly Hamstra won 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 singles action, and Nicole Beguin took the No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1. The match gave the underclassman a chance to get out and compete despite Defiance (0-13) forfeiting three games.

The Lady Lancers earned their eighth straight victory bringing their overall record to 9-3. They are back in action on Monday at Miller Field starting at 4 p.m.

Singles Competition
1. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Sammi Stevens 6-0, 6-0
2. Nicole Beguin (GC) def. Chelsea French 6-0, 6-0
3. Jordan Myers (GC) def. Katie Carunchia 6-0, 6-0
4. Amy Messer (GC) def. Kellie Raypole 6-1, 6-1
5. Forfeit
6. Forfeit

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/A. Redhair (GC) def. Stevens/French 8-0
2. Jergensen/M. Redhair (GC) def. Carunchia/Raypole 8-0
3. Forfeit


Lady Lancers Win Seventh Straight

9/30/09

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Grace College women’s tennis team finished its conference schedule with an 8-1 win over Spring Arbor on Wednesday.

Grace’s Alisha Anthony had to retire from her #2 singles match due to injury, giving the Lady Cougars (3-5; 3-5 MCC) their only game of the day.

After starting the season 1-3, all three of their losses coming from conference opponents, the Lady Lancers (8-3; 5-3 MCC) have rattled off seven consecutive wins to finish fourth in the MCC. In their last seven victories, not a single opponent has won more than two games against them, and Grace has tallied three shutouts.

"It's a real credit to the women to finish fourth in conference after a shaky start," said head coach Deron Datzman. "We want to finish out the season strong and head into the conference tournament with a lot of confidence and momentum."

The Lady Lancers have three more matches remaining this season before the MCC tournament on Oct. 8. Grace plays Indiana Tech at home tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Singles Competition
1. Jessica Stolle (GC) def. Muriel Mendonca Adib (SAU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Kelly Smith (SAU) def. Alisha Anthony (GC) Retire
3. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) def. Rachael Kafader (SAU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
4. Andrea Redhair (GC) def. Becca Kragt (SAU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Chelsie Hostetler (SAU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Alyssa Eubank (SAU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Smith/Adib (SAU) 8-4
2. Jergensen/A. Redhair (GC) def. Kragt/Kafader (SAU) 8-4
3. M. Redhair/Jordan Myers (GC) def. Eubank/Hostetler (SAU) 8-6


Women Win Sixth Straight

9/26/09

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The women’s tennis team earned their sixth victory in a row on Saturday in their 9-0 sweep over the University of Saint Francis.

The Lady Lancers (6-3; 4-3 MCC) tallied their fourth sweep on the season. Their win also marks their fourth conference victory in a row after losing their first three in MCC play.

“It’s been great to see the girls respond after a rough start to the season,” Datzman said. “We had an excellent season last year, and it was tough to start off the season 1-3. To win six in a row shows the toughness of our ladies.”

The Lady Cougars fall to 2-8 and 0-7 in the MCC.

Grace plays Tuesday at Spring Arbor at 3 p.m.

Singles Competition
1. Jessica Stolle (GC) def. Shetterly (USF) 6-0, 6-3
2. Alisha Anthony (GC) def. Mey (USF) 6-4, 6-1
3. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) def. Cox (USF) 6-1, 6-0
4. Andrea Redhair (GC) def. Gerdner (USF) 6-2, 6-2
5. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Anspach (USF) 6-1, 6-2
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Haines (USF) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Anthony/Stolle (GC) def. Anspach/Shetterly (USF) 8-1
2. Jergensen/ A. Redhair (GC) def. Mey/Cox (USF) 8-3
3. M. Redhair/ Myes (GC) def. Haines/Gerdner (USF) 8-6


Lady Lancers Cruise Over Huntington

9/24/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- Grace College's women's tennis team won its third straight Mid-Central College Conference game with a 7-2 victory over Huntington on Thursday. After falling in their first three MCC games, the Lady Lancers have rebounded back to .500 in conference play.

Grace (6-3; 3-3 MCC) held a slight 2-1 advantage over the Lady Foresters (4-4; 3-3 MCC) after doubles play. But Grace won four of the six singles matches to clinch the MCC win. Grace's #3 thru #6 singles players all won in straight sets.

Sophomore Kelli Hamstra continued her stellar play this season, winning her seventh straight singles match against Huntington. Hamstra has played #4 and #5 singles this year.

The Lady Lancers return to action this Saturday as they travel to Fort Wayne to face the University of St. Francis. Match time is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Singles Competition
1. Haley Neiderhiser (HU) def. Jessica Stolle (GC) 4-6, 6-1, 10-5
2. Raelyn Altoff (HU) def. Alisha Anthony (GC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) def. Kelsey Mark (HU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Andrea Redhair (GC) def. Kristen Lahman (HU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Erica Abel (HU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Luaren Sunderman (HU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Neiderhiser/Altoff (HU) def. Stolle/Anthony (GC) 8-5
2. A. Redhair/Jergensen (GC) def. Mark/Joni Holsem (HU) 8-3
3. M. Redhair/Hamstra (GC) def. Abel/Lahman (HU) 8-5


Grace Takes Down Anderson

9/22/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- The Lady Lancers dominated Anderson University 8-1 on Tuesday at Miller Field. After a three-game losing streak, the women have rebounded to win four in a row to improve their record to 5-3 (2-3 MCC).

Grace won all three doubles matches, and nearly swept every singles match with the lone exception at #4 singles.

The Lady Lancers return to action Thursday against Huntington University at Miller Field at 4 p.m.


Stolle, Anthony Compete in ITA's

9/19/09

CEDARVILLE, Ohio -- The Lady Lancers' Jessica Stolle (#1 singles, #1 doubles) and Alisha Anthony (#2 singles, #1 doubles) competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Regional Championships on Sept. 17-18 at Cedarville University.

The format was a 32-player single elimination tournament bracket for singles play and a 16-team single elimination bracket for doubles.

Stolle was seeded #2 out of the entire field. She advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Taylor University's Kristin Goeke 6-3, 1-6. Stolle defeated Roberts Wesleyan's Kristen Hemingway in two sets in the opening round and beat IU-Southeast's Shellie Webster in three sets in the following round.

Anthony lost in the opening round to Taylor's #1 singles player Germania Bedon. She earned one game in two sets.

In doubles play, Stolle and Anthony, seeded #2, were upset in the opening round by Roberts Wesleyan's Meghan Wheeler and Hemingway. For more information on the ITA's, click here.

The Lady Lancers' next match is at Miller Field on Tuesday against Anderson. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Singles play
First Round: Stolle (GC) def. Hemingway (RWC) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Second Round: Stolle (GC) def. Webster (WAL) 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals: Goeke (TU) def. Stolle (GC) 6-3, 6-1

First Round: Bedon (TU) def. Anthony (GC) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles play
First Round: Wheeler/Hemingway (RWC) def. Stolle/Anthony (GC) 8-4


Grace Sends Four Players to 2009 ITA

9/16/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- Juniors Jessica Stolle and Alisha Anthony and freshmen Michael Blevins and Nikola Todorovic will represent Grace College at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships.

The three-day event held through Saturday at Cedarville University is one of eight regionals across the nation. The championship event decides singles and doubles champions from each region. The winners will advance to the ITA Small College Championships in Alabama this October.

Stolle was the first-ever representative of Grace College at the ITA Regionals a season ago, where she advanced to the semi-final round in singles play. This season, Stolle is 5-2 in #1 singles which brings her career record to 31-5. The top four seeds in the women's 32-player singles bracket all compete in the Mid-Central College Conference, with Stolle seeded number two. Anthony will also play singles and doubles with Stolle. The tandem is seeded second out of 16 doubles teams.

The dynamic duo of Blevins and Todorovic will compete in the men's singles and doubles tournaments. The freshmen have led Grace's men's tennis team to two MCC wins, playing #1 and #2 singles. Todorovic remains undefeated in the MCC at #2 singles and looks to be the frontrunner for the top conference player at that spot.


Grace Records Second Straight Goshen Sweep

9/15/09

WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- For the second time in as many years, Grace College's women's tennis team won all nine match-ups against Goshen College. The win over the Maple Leafs is also the second straight MCC victory for the Lady Lancers (4-3; 2-3 MCC).

The most competitive matches were played at #1 doubles (Jessica Stolle and Alisha Anthony) and #3 doubles (Kelli Hamstra and Meghan Redhair), with both Lady Lancer teams winning 8-4.

The Lady Lancers' next regular season game is next Tuesday when Grace squares off against Anderson University. Stolle and Anthony will also represent Grace this weekend at the ITA Regional Championships at Cedarville University.

Singles Competition
1. Stolle (GR) def. Rachel Lanctot (GO) 6-4
2. Anthony (GR) def. Summer Hasan (GO) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jenessa Jergensen (GR) def. Alyssa Dewing (GO) 6-2, 6-2
4. Hamstra (GR) def. Hannah Groff (GO) 6-0, 6-1
5. Meghan Redhair (GR) def. Laura Krabill (GO) 6-2, 6-1
6. Myers (GR) def. Chelsea Wampler (GO) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GR) def. Lanctot/Hasan (GO) 8-4
2. Jergensen/Myers (GR) def. Dewing/Groff (GO) 8-1
3. Hamstra/Redhair (GR) def. Krabill/Wampler (GO) 8-4


Bethel Sweep is First MCC Victory

9/8/09

INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite holding a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, the Grace College women's tennis team fell 5-4 to Marian University--its third straight loss in the Mid-Central College Conference.

Singles Competition
1. Paola Usina (MU) def. Jessica Stolle (GC) 6-0, 6-2
2. Dana Reynolds (MU) def. Alisha Anthony (GC) 6-3, 6-7, 7-4
3. Tiffany Schendel (MU) def. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) 6-2, 6-4
4. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Maria Berry (MU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. Alyson O’Conner (MU) def. Jordan Myers (GC) 6-4, 6-1
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Alyssa Richard (MU) 6-7, 7-6, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Usina/Schendel (MU) 8-4
2. Reynolds/O’Conner (MU) def. Jergensen/Myers (GC) 8-5
3. Redhair/Hamstra (GC) def. Berry/Amy Nocton (MU) 8-3


Women Dominates Northwestern Ohio

9/10/09

Lima, Ohio -- The Lady Lancers earned their second victory of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak on Thursday. Grace defeated the University of Northwestern Ohio 8-1, winning at every spot except #2 singles.

Grace has won both of their non-conference games this season, but is still looking for its first MCC victory. They will have a chance on Saturday when they travel to face Bethel College. Match time is 11 a.m.

Singles Competition
1. Jessica Stolle (GC) def. Jamie Hilborn (UNOH) 6-3, 6-4
2. Shaye Warman (UNOH) def. Alisha Anthony (GC) 6-1, 6-3
3. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) def. Ashley Carmack (UNOH) 6-2, 6-1
4. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Jessie Stambaugh (UNOH) 6-1, 6-0
5. Meghan Redhair (Grace) def. Tara Carr (UNOH) 6-1, 6-1
6. Nicole Beguin (GC) def. Erynn Piper (UNOH) 6-3, 6-2


Marian Records Come-from-behind Win

9/8/09

INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite holding a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, the Grace College women's tennis team fell 5-4 to Marian University--its third straight loss in the Mid-Central College Conference.

Kelli Hamstra and Meghan Redhair performed well on the day, each picking up two wins in #4 and #6 singles (respectively) and at #3 doubles.

Singles Competition
1. Paola Usina (MU) def. Jessica Stolle (GC) 6-0, 6-2
2. Dana Reynolds (MU) def. Alisha Anthony (GC) 6-3, 6-7, 7-4
3. Tiffany Schendel (MU) def. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) 6-2, 6-4
4. Kelli Hamstra (GC) def. Maria Berry (MU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. Alyson O’Conner (MU) def. Jordan Myers (GC) 6-4, 6-1
6. Meghan Redhair (GC) def. Alyssa Richard (MU) 6-7, 7-6, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Usina/Schendel (MU) 8-4
2. Reynolds/O’Conner (MU) def. Jergensen/Myers (GC) 8-5
3. Redhair/Hamstra (GC) def. Berry/Amy Nocton (MU) 8-3

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Hilborn/Katie Whittington (UNOH) 8-6
2. Jergensen/Myers (GC) def. Carmack/Carr (UNOH) 8-6
3. M. Redhair/Hamstra (GC) def. Stambaugh/Piper (UNOH) 8-1


Grace Drops Second Straight Match

9/5/09

WINONA LAKE -- The Lady Lancers' tough schedule continued on Saturday afternoon when they went up against the Lady Trojans (3-1, 2-0 MCC) of Taylor University. Taylor defeated Grace 7-2.

Grace fell to Indiana Wesleyan, last year's conference champions, on Tuesday and dropped their second in a row and second conference loss to Taylor on Saturday. The Lady Lancers (1-2; 0-2 MCC) only lost two matches last year, both of them coming from those two teams.

Grace travels to Marian College on Tuesday for their 3 p.m. match. The Lady Knights have won two in a row while Grace is still searching for their first MCC victory.

Singles Competition
1. Germania Bedon (Taylor) def. Jessica Stolle (Grace) 6-2, 6-1
2. Kristin Goeke (Taylor) def. Alisha Anthony (Grace) 6-3, 6-4
3. Kaiti Marsh (Taylor) def. Jenessa Jergensen (Grace) 6-0, 6-3
4. Andrea Redhair (Grace) def. Sarah Billman (Taylor) 6-2, 2-0, retired
5. Kelli Hamstra (Grace) def. Susanne Johnson (Taylor) 6-1, 6-2
6. Kelsey Meyer (Taylor) def. Jordan Myers (Grace) 6-3, 6-3

 

Doubles Competition
1. Goeke/Marsh (Taylor) def. Stolle/Anthony (Grace) 8-2
2. Johnson/Bedon (Taylor) def. Redhair/Jergensen (Grace) 8-4
3. Billman/Meyer (Taylor) def. Myers/Redhair (Grace) 8-1


Stolle Strong In MCC Opener

9/1/09

WINONA LAKE -- Women's tennis head coach Deron Datzman knew that the beginning of the season would be tough. His Lady Lancers (1-1; 0-1 MCC) fell to conference rival Indiana Wesleyan 2-7 on Tuesday.

Grace earned two points on the day, one at #1 singles and another at #1 doubles. Jessica Stolle was victorious at #1 singles, defeating her opponent 6-2 and 6-2. Stolle and Alisha Anthony won at #1 doubles, 8-5.

"Overall, I'm very proud of the team," Datzman said. "I thought we played really hard. It was a competitive match. Actually, it was the best we've ever done against Indiana Wesleyan by winning two points."

Last year, Grace suffered their worst loss of the season to the Lady Wildcats, 1-8. Indiana Wesleyan had an undefeated MCC record in 2008.

On Saturday, the Lady Lancers' difficult schedule continues as they go up against Taylor University. Last year, Grace went 11-2, their two losses coming from Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor. The Lady Trojans defeated Grace 4-5 in 2008. Grace plays Taylor at 11 a.m.

Singles Competition
1. Jessica Stolle (GC) def. Lisa Massey (IWU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Andrea Meyering (IWU) def. Alisha Anthony (GC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Eva Delk (IWU) def. Jenessa Jergensen (GC) 6-0, 6-1
4. Courtney Kooyers (IWU) def. Andrea Redhair (GC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Caitlin McGuire (IWU) def. Kelli Hamstra (GC) 6-2, 6-3
6. Aubrey Lohser (IWU) def. Jordan Myers (GC) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Stolle/Anthony (GC) def. Massey/Delk (IWU) 8-5
2. Meyering/Wilson (IWU) def. Jergensen/Andrea Redhair (GC) 8-1
3. Kooyers/McGuire (IWU) def. Meghan Redhair/Myers (GC) 8-3


Lady Lancers Sweep Calumet St. Joseph

The Grace College women's tennis team picked up where they left off last year, in the most successful season in the program's history. The Lady Lancers did not lose a single set in their 9-0 sweep over Calumet St. Joseph on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers were led by third-year #1-singles player Jessica Stolle, who won 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets. In doubles play, the women went a combined 24-3 with each pair winning 8-1 over their opponents.

The women's tennis team is back in action Tuesday against last year's conference champion Indiana Wesleyan at Miller Field. The Lady Lancers will look to avenge last year's 1-8 loss to the Lady Wildcats, the worst loss Grace suffered last year.

#1 Singles, Jessica Stolle– won 6-0, 6-0
#2 Singles, Alisha Anthony– won 6-2, 6-1
#3 Singles, Jenessa Jergensen– won 6-3, 6-3
#4 Singles, Andrea Redhair– won 6-2, 6-1
#5 Singles, Kelli Hamstra – won 6-1, 6-0
#6 Singles, Jordan Myers – won 6-1, 6-0

#1 Doubles, Jessica Stolle and Alisha Anthony - won 8-1
#2 Doubles, Jenessa Jergensen and Andrea Redhair - won 8-1
#3 Doubles, Megan Redhair and Jordan Myers - won 8-1


Women's Tennis Program Seeks to Continue Climb

It may come as a surprise to some, but the Grace College women’s tennis team may very well be the best-kept secret in Winona Lake.

One year ago, an extremely young Lady Lancer squad surprised the Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) by finishing third with an 11-2 (6-2 MCC) record. The Lady Lancers’ streak of six consecutive MCC wins had Grace in second place, but a loss in the last regular season conference game against MCC champion Indiana Wesleyan kept Grace out of the top two.

Head coach Deron Datzman is “cautiously optimistic” about this season. “We are still a young team. We hope to build on the success we had last season,” he said. “It’s realistic to think we could finish in the top 3 again, but it won’t be easy. Competition in our conference is really solid.”

The Lady Lancers will be tested early, squaring off against Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor (the only other school Grace lost to last year), and Marian in their first three MCC matches. But after gaining a year of experience near the top of the conference standings, the women have their sights set on improvement this year.

Headlining the roster is junior Jessica Stolle, who will begin her third year as the #1 singles player. Stolle will look to continue her dominance as the top singles player, where she has amassed a career 26-3 (14-2 MCC) record, including a 15-win undefeated freshman season.

The Lady Lancers’ outstanding season resulted in national accolades for Stolle and fellow standout Jenessa Jergensen, who recorded 12 wins in #2 singles as a freshman. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States, ranked Jergensen 37th and Stolle 41st in the NAIA by season’s end. Both players were named to the MCC All-Conference team, as well.

The top five returning singles players all recorded double-digit wins last season. Jergensen also won ten games in #1 doubles with junior Alisha Anthony. Sophomore Kelli Hamstra and junior Meghan Redhair also return to the roster after posting 11 victories apiece in singles play a season ago. Hamstra was also the only Grace singles player to advance to the MCC finals.

Adding depth to the Lady Lancers this year are freshmen Nicole Beguin (Plymouth, Ind.) and Jordan Myers (Edwardsville, Ill.). According to Datzman, both players are capable of immediate impact on the court.

One area of improvement the ladies will work on this year is in doubles play. Although the program has made major steps in that area in recent years, there is always room for improvement, according to Datzman.

“From top to bottom, there is so much depth on this team,” Datzman said. “This unique aspect of our team should make us competitive no matter who we are playing against. If we play the way I know we're capable of playing, I think we will win some tennis matches.”