The Buena Vista women's tennis team stepped out of Iowa Conference play on Wednesday afternoon to host Grand View University, and the Beavers pulled out a few thrilling matches to edge the Vikings, 5-4.
Grand View did not field a full line-up, leaving the #5 and #6 singles spots open, as well as #3 doubles. BVU did win two of the six matches played, and dropped one in a third-set tiebreaker. Emily Hoesing recorded her first singles victory of the year with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at #4. Madison Gierstorf began her #3 bout with a 6-3 win in the first set but then dropped the second, 7-6 (2) before then falling in the tiebreaker, 10-5.
"I saw some major improvement today," said BVU head coach Bob O'Hara. "Emily Hoesing has started hitting the ball better, and seems to be covering the court better. I also felt good about our doubles play. Lani and Rachel's match was much closer than the 2-8 score indicates. They had some good looks at winning some games, but it just seemed like we would miss by a couple of inches. Madison and Trina looked terrific at #2 doubles. Madison's net game has improved tremendously and Trina's forehand has turned into quite a weapon."
The Beavers fell 8-2 in the #1 doubles contest before bouncing back to win by that same score at #2. It was the first doubles victory of the year for Gierstorf and Katrina Chaiyawong.
Buena Vista improves to 1-6 on the year and now has some time off before returning to the courts on Saturday, September 30, for IIAC matches at both Central and Simpson.