MARION, Ind. -- Top-seed Indiana Wesleyan University women’s tennis made quick work of No. 4-seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) on Thursday afternoon in a 5-0 victory in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals played at the Sutter Tennis Center.
Indiana Wesleyan will have a rematch with No. 2-seed Marian (Ind.) for the Crossroads League Tournament championship on Saturday. The two teams last played a super competitive match less than two weeks ago that Indiana Wesleyan won 5-4 in Indianapolis.
Unlike the close finish with Marian, Indiana Wesleyan cruised by Spring Arbor in the semifinal match. Indiana Wesleyan started with an 8-1 victory by Katie Wilson and Kim Mella at the No. 1-position and an 8-2 win by Kristen Futrell and Rachel Bottorff in the second position. Gabby D’Aniello and Mikayla Marazzi completed the doubles sweep with an 8-6 decision at No. 3-doubles.
The Wildcats quickly won two singles matches to earn the necessary five points for the team victory. The match was called once the Wildcats hit the mark. Wilson claimed a 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 1-singles match and Futrell won 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth match.
Indiana Wesleyan led all four of the other singles matches that were not completed. Bottorff led 6-1, 5-0 at the two spot, Heiniger held a 6-2, 2-1 advantage in No. 3-singles, Mella was winning 7-5, 2-1 in the fourth position, and Courtney Siepman was nearing a win at No. 6-singles with a 6-1, 5-3 lead.
Indiana Wesleyan and Marian will play for the Crossroads League Tournament championship at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Sutter Tennis Center. The winner will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament in May.