The Buena Vista women's tennis team finished strong in singles play on Tuesday night which led the Beavers right to a 5-4 victory at Northwestern College (IA) in Orange City.
The Red Raiders picked up their first win at #1 doubles but BVU slowly began to take command of the match with wins at the final two doubles spots. Madison Gierstorf and Katrina Chaiyawong pulled out an 8-6 triumph at #2 to begin the surge.
"They had better court positioning and net play than any time this season," said BVU head coach Bob O'Hara. They showed great mental toughness coming back from a break down to turn the tables at the very end and win a hard fought match against a good team. "
Momentum of doubles play carried right over into singles, despite the Beavers dropping a some tough outings at the top. BVU dropped the first three bouts in straight sets before the tide turned with Emma Hartz at number four singles. From there, the team did not allow a single point in four of the six sets played.
"Emma Hartz really pulled out a big win for the team," said O'Hara. This really gave Emily Hoesing and Katrina Chaiyawong momentum going into the final two matches. Emily and Katrina did a great job keeping their focus and composure when the meet is riding on them pulling out wins."
Buena Vista improves to 2-8 on the year and will step back into Iowa Conference play on Saturday afternoon. The team travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, where it will face both Coe College (12pm) and Nebraska Wesleyan (3pm).