Tennis bounces back after weekend

Jordan Cravens and Jordan Cravens

After a two-week road stand, the women’s tennis team was able to “defend their own turf,” part of the team’s motto, rolling to a 7-0 victory over Youngstown State yesterday.

The Falcons lost 7-0 to Ohio State University on Saturday, but were able to bounce back and claim all matches yesterday with the lone exception of the second doubles flight.

“Our team played hard in both matches,” said BG coach Penny Dean. “They played hard at OSU and we came away short, but we still got a lot out of it.”

Kelsey Jakupcin and Jenna Nussbaum were able to claim the number one doubles match from the Buckeyes, an extremely competitive flight in college tennis, especially against a team with a caliber like OSU, according to Dean.

“We were really aggressive and ready to play – we stayed up the whole time, with no down time,” Jakupcin said. “We defended our turf and that is what we wanted to do.”

The netters also received wins from Ashley Jakupcin, Samantha Kintzel, Jenna Nussbaum, Kelsey Jakupcin, Katia Babina and Stefanie Menoff in singles action, along with a doubles victory from Kintzel and Menoff against Youngstown State.

“We came ready to play singles and doubles,” Dean said.

Coach Michele Grim of the Youngstown State Penguins was impressed with the level of play BG brought to the table.

“On every court everyone was ready – they were focused and ready to go out there and play their game,” Grim said.

The team improved on last year’s win over the Penguins, which was 5-2.

BG will have a weekend off before returning to play on its home court on Feb. 9 against Duquesne.