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Men & Women’s Tennis Triumph Over Mt. Vernon Nazarene

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Grace’s men’s tennis team earned a 9-0 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday.

The Lancers (1-2, 1-2 CL) won their first league match of the season. Grace’s win was also memorable in that the team won the first match played at MVNU’s new Ramser Tennis Courts.

Adam Yoder and Conner Bates got Grace’s day started out with an 8-0 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Uros Pajic and Diego Zamora were not far behind with an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles, and Danila Kurkulin and Caleb Yoder finished off the doubles’ sweep with an 8-2 win at No. 1.

Pajic was perfect at No. 2 singles, and Zamora also won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3. Lucas Fonseca was a winner 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6, and twin brother Arturo Fonseca also won speedily 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.

Kurkulin (No. 1 singles) and Adam Yoder (No. 4 singles) capped off the 9-0 sweep for Grace.

Additionally, freshmen Craig Manges and Noah Haupt each won 8-1 in exhibition play, marking the pair’s first collegiate wins.

“I am very proud of how our men did today. They were ready to go the moment they got off the bus,” said Grace assistant coach Andy Lewis.

The Lancers end the week on Saturday, traveling to St. Francis for a 3 p.m. match.


1. Kurkulin/C. Yoder won 8-2

2. Pajic/Zamora won 8-1

3. A. Yoder/Bates won 8-0


1. Kurkulin won 6-2, 6-3

2. Pajic won 6-0, 6-0

3. Zamora won 6-0, 6-0

4. A. Yoder won 6-1, 6-2

5. A. Fonseca won 6-2, 6-0

6. L. Fonseca won 6-0, 6-1

Grace’s women’s tennis team had little trouble handling Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday in a 9-0 win.

The Lady Lancers (3-1, 2-1 Crossroads League) spoiled MVNU’s first home match in program history, winning the first official contest at the newly opened Ramser Tennis Courts.

In doubles’ play, Grace went a combined 24-4 against the Cougars (0-2, 0-2 CL). Emily Mast and Carrie Copeland won 8-1 at the top doubles’ position, and Shelby Bankson and Briana Diehl also won 8-1 at No. 3.

Jenna Jackson and Molly Fitzpatrick finished a perfect start in doubles with an 8-2 scoreline at No. 2.

Mast, who was named the NCCAA National Player of the Week on Monday, continued her undefeated season with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles. Fitzpatrick was equally impressive at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

Copeland, Jackson, Bankson and Diehl each contributed to the Lady Lancers’ sweep by winning in straight sets at their singles’ courts.

Additionally, Samantha Meyer was perfect in exhibition play with an 8-0 victory over her opponent.

The Lady Lancers end the week with two more road matches. Grace plays at Trine on Thursday and at St. Francis on Saturday.


1. Mast/Copeland won 8-1

2. Jackson/Fitzpatrick won 8-2

3. Bankson/Diehl won 8-1


1. Mast won 6-1, 6-0

2. Copeland won 6-0, 6-3

3. Jackson won 6-4, 6-0

4. Fitzpatrick won 6-0, 6-1

5. Bankson won 6-2, 6-1

6. Diehl won 6-1, 6-1

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