Team wins conference opener
The Houghton College Women’s Tennis Team won its opening conference match at home against Utica College Aug. 31.
This match represents the first conference match ever for Houghton’s new tennis program.
After dropping the number one doubles point, the team rallied and won the second and third doubles matches. Lisa Jones (Attica) and Jenn Mechler (Webster) defeated Doni Look and Elise Pape (8-1) in the number two doubles match.
Audrey Proto (Fulton) and Hanna Hale (Skowhegan, Maine) defeated Nicole Johnson and Lizzy Pape (8-1) in the number three doubles match.
The Highlander women went on to sweep the singles matches. In the number one spot, Bethany Chesebro (Olean) defeated Rose Zaloom, 6-2, 6-1.
Jenny Iacucci (Chili, N.Y.) defeated Erin Burchill, 6-3, 6-3, in the number two singles match.
Molly Freihofer (Mexico, N.Y.) defeated Doni Look, 6-0, 6-0, in the number three singles match. Amanda Wojcinski (Buffalo) defeated Elise Pape, 6-2, 2-0 (retired), in the number four spot.
Lisa Jones defeated Nicole Johnson, 6-0, 6-2, in the number five singles match, and Jenn Mechler defeated Andreena Sykes, 6-1, 6-2, in the number six singles match.
“These women worked very hard in the preseason, and it has paid off,” said Houghton College Head Tennis Coach Charlie Ellis. “They have become incredibly mature players in a short period of time to play a varsity tennis match on the NCAA Division III level.
“This level of play is a stretch for our women,” said Ellis. “But, they’ve made some giant steps forward. They’ll do nothing but get better as the season progresses.”
Although Houghton won its conference opener, the previous day the women’s tennis team was defeated at Alfred State College.
Highlights of the match for the Highlander women included a doubles win. Lisa Jones (Attica) and Jenn Mechler (Webster) defeated Alex Smith and Alisa Clemente (8-6) in the number three doubles match.
Another notable effort was Lisa Jones losing to Alex Smith in the number five singles match after having two consecutive match points in the third set super tie-breaker (10-12).
Libby Wideman (Akron, N.Y.) stretched her opponent, Bethany Dickerson, out to a third set tie-breaker in the number six singles match, losing 8-10 in the super tie-breaker.
“The Highlander women gave Alfred a good fight for their first match,” said Ellis. “All of our players were confident, mature, and excited about being competitive against a good school.”
Coach Ellis noted that the matches were closer than the scores indicated. “The Alfred team had to fight to win the points they did,” said Ellis.
Bethany Chesebro lost to Brennan Ferguson 2-6, 2-6 Alfred
Molly Freihofer lost to Emma Jackson 1-6, 0-6 Alfred
Jen Mechler lost to Rachel Cook 0-6, 0-6 Alfred
Hanna Hale lost to Emily Eisenberg 1-6, 1-6 Alfred
Lisa Jones lost to Alex Smith 6-4, 2-6 (10-12) Alfred
Libby Wideman lost to Bethany Dickerson 6-3, 4-6 (8-10) Alfred
Chesebro/Wojenski lost to Jackson/Cook 2-8 Alfred
Santiago/Hale lost to Ferguson/Eisenberg 1-8 Alfred
Jones/Mechler defeated Smith/Clemente 8-6 Houghton
Proto/Freihofer defeated Tokarski/Mayville 8-5 Houghton