The Oakland City University women's tennis team play the majority of their matches in the fall.
Pictured, L-R: Christina Haag, Jordan Brown, Coach Brad Zellner, Hailey Menke, Rashawnda Shamell
Oakland City University's women's tennis team hosted Thomas More and Rose-Hulman on Saturday, September 3, for a tri-match. The Lady Oaks squared off against Thomas More to start the day, winning 7-2. Rose-Hulman knocked off Thomas More in the second match of the day. OCU then fell to Rose-Hulman 6-3 to finish off the day's events.
In the Thomas More Match, Lindsey Malin defeated Lauren Race in the #1 singles match (6-1, 1-6, 14-12). Lauryn Schnarr lost to Emily Wesselman in the #2 singles (6-0, 6-1), Hailey Menke won over Ashley York at #3 singles (6-0, 6-0), Heather Uhl defeated Maria Pascuel with Pascuel leaving the match early due to heat (6-4, 4-3). Whitney Malin, playing #5 singles, defeated Sierra O'Bryan (6-2, 6-1), while Lenzie Kerchief won in the final singles match, beating Anna Iles (6-1, 5-7, 10-8).
In doubles, the Oaks sent out sisters Lindsey and Whitney Malin to face Lauren Race and Emily Wesselman in the #1 doubles match. Thomas More's pair defeated the Malin team 8-4. In #2 doubles, the freshman tandem of Heather Url and Hailey Menke blanked Thomas More's offering of Ashley York and Sierra O'Bryan 8-0. In the #3 doubles match, the OCU team of Lauryn Schnarr and Tabitha McKinney defeated Thomas More's Elivia Rabe and Maria Pascuel 8-3 to give the Lady Oaks a 7-2 victory.
In the match between Rose-Hulman and OCU, the singles matches were shortened to eight-game pro sets due to high temperatures. In #1 singles, Rose's Marie Stettler beat Lindsey Malin 8-4, while Melissa Montgomery defeated OCU's Lauryn Schnarr 8-3. Hailey Menke, continuing her solid play on the day, gave OCU their first point of the match by beating Paige Cook 8-3. Kylie McCollegu knocked off Heather Uhl also by the score of 8-3. Whitney Malin brought the Lady Oaks within one point by winning her match against Mary Schultz 8-6, but Rose-Hulman's Manasa Punuga beat Lenzie Kerchief 8-2 to finish the singles matches with a score of 4-2 in favor of the visitors.
In doubles, the Malin sisters again teamed up to play in the #1 spot, beating Montgomery and Sage Sackett 9-7 to again bring OCU within one. But the final two matches of the day went Rose-Hulman's way as Stettler and Cook beat Menke and Uhl 8-3 in #2 doubles, followed by McCollegu and Lauren Reberger's win over McKinney and Schnarr 8-3.
The Lady Oaks return to action on Thursday, September 8, when the travel to Hanover College for a 3:00 PM start.
Aug. 30, 2011 - Women's Tennis Set to Open Season Saturday at Home Against Rose-Hulman and Thomas More
The Oakland City University Women's Tennis team will open their season by hosting Rose-Hulman and Thomas More for a tri-meet on Saturday, September 3. The day will open with Thomas More taking on the host Lady Oaks at 9:00 AM, followed by the Rose-Hulman vs. Thomas More match which will begin at 11:30 AM. OCU will be back in action at 2:00 PM when they take on Rose-Hulman to finish the day.
Coach Meece said that this season should be a vast improvement on last season's results as the team didn't lose a single player from last year and welcome two new players, Heather Uhl from Corydon and Hailey Menke from Tecumseh. "Hailey is the type of girl you would want in any program," said Coach Meece, "She has excelled in everything she has done and will be an asset to our team. Heather will help us in the top of the rotation. She was a strong player in high school and should add quite a bit to our program going forward."
Coach Ryne Meece announced the signing of two players for the 2011-12 school year. Hailey Menke from Tecumseh High School and Heather Uhl from Corydon Central High School will both join the returning players on the Lady Oaks' tennis team.
Coach Meece said about Menke, "Signing Hailey is very good for our program. She is very athletic and gets to everything. She will be a key for us moving in the right direction. I can't wait for her to join the Lady Oaks." Menke will also play for the Lady Oaks' basketball team.
Uhl has played number one singles for Corydon Central for the psat three years. Coach Meece said, "Heather is going to be a big part of moving the OCU tennis team in the right direction. She hits the ball very well and places in where she wants it. She will have a great career here at Oakland City University."
Both players are expected to major in Elementary Education.