BG tennis returns home to take on Louisville

Reporter and Reporter

The Falcons return to the nest Saturday evening to host their third home dual match of the season inside the Perrysburg Tennis Center against the University of Louisville.

BG holds a 3-2 record and will look to banish its two game losing streak that has hindered its true value of performance.

All seven Falcons thus far have combined for a winning percentage of 71.8 percent in singles play and have achieved an 84-33 record. BG is 20-10 in singles in the dual matches and every roster member has won at least 65.5 percent of their matches.

Nikki Chiricosta was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 15. Chiricosta earned the title for her efforts against Michigan State University capturing an 8-5 win with teammate Mary Hill and by posting a 6-4, 6-0 score against her opponent in singles play.

This marks the second time in her career – both coming in the last four weeks – that she has earned the award.

Coming into Saturday’s match, Mary Hill and Emily Reuland each are coming on strong, picking up wins in four of the last five single matches.

Maddy Eccleston and Jessica Easdale follow close behind by both having won three of their last four matches. All three doubles teams have notably taken three of their last five matches.

Reuland leads the Falcons with 29 wins on the season, followed by Eccleston at 28 and Hill at 27 to round out the top three.

Sizing up the Cardinals, Louisville holds a 3-3 record going into Friday’s match against the perfect 8-0 Akron Zips.

The Cardinals are 3-1 at home and 0-2 on the road. Louisville leads the all-time series with the Falcons 2-0. The Cardinals defeated the Falcons two years ago 5-2 and last year put up a 7-0 victory.

Concluding Saturday’s match, the Falcons will hit the road for the next three matches.