Last Saturday and Sunday, the Prairie Fire women’s tennis team took to the courts in Rockford, Ill. for the Midwest Conference doubles and singles championships.
In doubles action, the furthest-advancing pair was junior Megan Funk and freshman Dana Pierce—Knox’s number one duo. The two beat Illinois College 6-1, 6-1 in the first round, then narrowly defeated St. Norbert’s Callie Schroeder and Kelly Van Handel in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6). They then fell 7-5, 6-1 to Lawrence’s number one pair in the semifinals.
In the number three doublesbracket, sophomores Emily Tyl and Aimee Neilan also won their first round match, defeating Monmouth College 6-0, 6-2 before falling to Beloit College in the quarterfinal round.
On Sunday, singles action picked up, with Pierce and senior Molly Stein winning first-round matches to advance to the quarterfinals. But it was Tyl who had the most success in singles play.
Having dropped her opening match to Grinnell’s Catherine Fitch 6-2, 7-5, Tyl rebounded, defeating Laura Harrison of Monmouth College 10-0 and Elizabeth Byers of Lawrence University 10-8 to win the consolation bracket.
Tyl was enthusiastic about her strong finish, and the season in general. “I always love playing tennis, no matter the outcome. My teammates are the most awesome people I know and the season was fun whether we won or lost.”
Grinnell College took home the team championship, their seventh in school history.
Cross country at IC
After two weekends off, the Prairie Fire cross country team looked to shake off the rust before next week’s Midwest Conference championship.
Senior Chloe Bohm led the way for the women’s team, finishing in 26th place overall. She was followed by freshman Yael Cody and sophomores Zoey Kudla, Huong Bui, Jenny Linder, and Emelye Weimer.
Senior Ryan Maniscalco and freshman Gabe Moreno once again led the men’s team. Maniscalco finished in 12th place, with Moreno in 16th. They were followed by senior Avi Segaloff, sophomore Sean Choate, freshmen Max Potthoff, Bobby Mueller and Tyler Buddell. The men’s team finished in fifth place overall, out of nine teams. Illinois College, the host school and fellow Midwest Conference school, finished in sixth place.
Men’s soccer struggles
The Prairie Fire traveled north for a pair of games against Carroll University and Ripon College this past weekend, dropping both.
In the opener, Carroll (7-6-1, 5-1 MWC) dominated from start to finish, shutting out Knox 3-0.
On Sunday, Ripon (10-4-1, 7-1-0 MWC) dropped the Prairie Fire 8-1. Freshman Maxwell Gatyas scored his 10th goal, unassisted, in the 29th minute.
The Prairie Fire will look to regroup for their last home game of the season this Saturday. Knox will host Beloit College at 3:30 p.m. at Jorge Prats Field as part of this year’s Homecoming festivities.
Hall of Fame inducts four this Friday
Friday night, as part of the Homecoming festivities, the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome four new members: Mark C. Junk ’91, John H. Liston ’58, Thomas F. Neagle ’04, and Steven B. Varick ’76.
Bronze plaques recognizing all hall of fame recipients hang in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse, in a room named for Allan P. Christiansen, an outstanding athlete and long-time administrator at Knox College. Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a five-person committee.
The ceremony will be in the Oak Room at Seymour Union. The reception is at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the presentations at 7:30 p.m.
Reservations are required.