Sports / The Prairie Fire / October 7, 2010

Sports roundup: women’s tennis, men’s golf, volleyball

After having its first match with Monmouth suspended due to darkness, the women’s tennis team squared off again with the rival Scots last Wednesday. The Prairie Fire eked out a victory, 5-4 over Monmouth.

Freshman Dana Pierce, juniors Jordan Kuban and Rachel Clark, and sophomore Emily Tyl were all victorious in their singles matches. The fifth point came from the number three doubles match, where the pair of Tyl and sophomore Aimee Neilan took out Monmouth’s Mikaela Rogers and Danica Rogers 8-4.

The Prairie Fire then hit the road on Saturday, defeating Ripon College 6-3. Pierce won again at the number one position, while senior Molly Stein and junior Megan Funk also notched singles victories.

Later that day, the Prairie Fire lost to Lawrence University by a score of 8-1. Tyl notched the lone point for the Prairie Fire.

The Prairie Fire will next travel to Rockford, Ill. for the Midwest Conference Championship on Oct. 15. The team championship will be decided Friday, with the doubles commencing Saturday and the singles championship beginning Sunday.

Fenner takes 8th at Millikin

Freshman golfer James Fenner posted impressive scores at Millikin University’s Big Blue Classic last weekend. Fenner posted a two-day total of 153, good for 8th in a field loaded with top talent.

The tournament, played at Decatur’s Red Tail Run Golf Club, featured two of the nation’s top 40 Division III golf teams: Illinois Wesleyan (16th in the country) and host Millikin (34th).

It was the final fall event for men’s golf. They will compete again in the spring, starting with their home tournament, the Prairie Fire Classic. The Classic will be held March 25 and 26 at Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg.

Volleyball’s struggles continue

For the second time this season, the Greenville College Panthers roughed up the Prairie Fire, sweeping them 3-0. The first match, Sept. 11 at Greenville, was also a 3-0 sweep. Freshman Nina Mack led the team with 20 assists, while junior Kelly Ricketts added 15 kills.

The Prairie Fire had a chance to redeem themselves in a conference match against rival Monmouth, but were again swept 3-0. After an exciting first game-which the Prairie Fire dropped 29-31-Knox never threatened, losing the subsequent games 20-25 and 13-25. Ricketts again led the Prairie Fire with 16 kills.

The loss to the Scots dropped Knox to a 5-11 record, 0-3 in the Midwest Conference. Monmouth, meanwhile, moved to 14-7 overall and 4-0 in Midwest Conference play.

The Prairie Fire will have a chance to rebound with five consecutive home matches in the coming weeks. This weekend, they will host Lawrence University, Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, they will host St. Norbert College at 1 p.m. Both matches will be in Memorial Gym.

Kevin Morris

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