Ashland University women’s tennis team bounced back and end up fall play with a win



AU women’s tennis player Gabriella Hudec during a match

Yuan Qi

Ashland University’s women’s tennis team won its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships match since 2012 on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Eagles started to play Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Friday and lost the first two matches against Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State. Both two teams have higher ranks in the conference than the Eagles.

Junior Camille Ringot was Ashland’s only player who was able to win a single match within the first two matches. She won her match at No. 3 in straight sets 6-3 and 6-4 against Saginaw Valley.

On day three, the Eagles beat Purdue Northwest, 4-1, to cap their fall campaign with a big win finishing seventh in the conference.
Sophomore Gabriella Hudec and junior Hazuki Ogino won No. 2 doubles 6-4. No. 3 doubles was won by default by junior Camille Ringot and senior Alison Brooks.

The Eagles were dominant as they moved into the singles play. Sophomore Gabriella Hudec won her No. 1 singles match in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1. Brooks also won in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0, and Ogino won by default at the No. 6 slot.
The Eagles were in a long losing streak before going to Gliac Championships weekend, but the final win proves that the team never lost their confidence.

“We just focus on being better the next day rather than being upset when we lost our streak. Everyday is a new day! We always kept our mindset positively,” Ogino said.

After Gliac championships weekend, the women’s tennis team will have a four-month break to sum up their fall play and enhance their performance for the upcoming spring play.

“I can say that I did everything that I can do to improve. I’ve tried to be loud and be a leader on the courts to make a good practice with teammates,” Ogino said. “I was very happy when my teammates told me to thank you.”

The team will have more people coming back from injury and will be able to look forward to doing more in spring.

“I wish we could have more opportunities to compete with many schools to be better for next fall season,” Ashland coach Lexi Bolesky said. “We have many injured people on our team during this season so hopefully we can recover our body and be stronger by weightlifting. I believe that this long break is not just for resting. We want to keep a motivation.”

Ashland will resume play in the spring season on Feb. 22 against Tiffin.