Women's Tennis: Johnston Tabs Two Wins in Raiders' Close Loss to Grove City

Kayla Johnston (Photo by: Andrew Cugliari)
Kayla Johnston (Photo by: Andrew Cugliari)

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union's women's tennis team fell to Grove City (11-3) 6-3 Saturday afternoon at Peterson Fieldhouse in their home-opening spring match.

The Purple Raiders (6-3) got off to a good start, winning two of three doubles matches. Mount Union secured an 8-1 victory in Gretchen Groves (Louisville/Louisville) and Kayla Johnston (Ashtabula/Lakeside) and an 8-3 victory in Sierra Beighey (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) and Trisha Kohut (Warren/Lordstown).

In singles, the Raiders sent three singles matches into tie-breaking third sets, but Johnston was the only double-winner on the day, winning her match 7-6, 1-6, 10-4.

Mount Union will next go on the road to face Westminster (Pa.) on Monday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. before beginning conference play on March 24 at Otterbein.


Grove City (Pa.) 6, Mount Union 3

Singles competition:
1. Maggie Manchester (GRO) def. Gretchen Groves (MTU) 7-6, 1-6, 10-4
2. Morgan Happe (GRO) def. Jordan Teaford (MTU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Kayla Johnston (MTU) def. Taylor Bradley (GRO) 6-4, 7-6
4. Jennifer Elder (GRO) def. Sierra Beighey (MTU) 4-6, 6-2, 10-1
5. Rachel Ford (GRO) def. Gabrielle Wegener (MTU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Melissa Karidis (GRO) def. Trisha Kohut (MTU) 7-5, 1-6, 10-5

Doubles competition:
1. Gretchen Groves/Kayla Johnston (MTU) def. Morgan Happe/Madi Reed (GRO) 8-1
2. Maggie Manchester/Taylor Bradley (GRO) def. Jordan Teaford/Gabrielle Wegener (MTU) 8-5
3. Sierra Beighey/Trisha Kohut (MTU) def. Jennifer Elder/Rachel Ford (GRO) 8-3