Storm cruise to 7-2 win over North Central

Emily King
Emily King

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- The Simpson women's tennis team took 5 of 6 singles matches and 2 of 3 doubles matches to beat North Central (Minn.) 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Buxton Tennis Complex.

Emily King, Megan Grubb, Danielle Bates, Sarah Barry and Kathryn Hays all scored wins in the singles competition. Barry's match at No. 4 was the closest, as she edged Nicole Swanson 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.

The team of King and Grubb rolled to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles while the team of Barry and Hays won 8-3 at the No. 3 spot.

Missing two regular pieces to the lineup, the Storm thrived despite playing in unfamiliar spots. The freshmen in particular—King and Grubb—stepped up and played well.

"Our freshmen held strong in the top singles and doubles spots and are showing a lot of growth since the fall," head coach Faith Bliss said. 

With her singles win, King improved to a team-best 10-8 on the season. She is 2-0 at No. 1 and 6-5 at No. 2.

Singles competition
1. Emily King (SIMW) def. Madalyn Meetz (NCUW) 6-4, 6-1
2. Megan Grubb (SIMW) def. Sierra Hunter (NCUW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Danielle Bates (SIMW) def. Emily Loop (NCUW) 6-1, 6-2
4. Sarah Barry (SIMW) def. Nicole Swanson (NCUW) 6-1, 3-6, 10-6
5. Erin Oellerich (NCUW) def. Lorin Miller (SIMW) 6-2, 7-5
6. Kathryn Hays (SIMW) def. Rachel Cubb (NCUW) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Emily King/Megan Grubb (SIMW) def. Madalyn Meetz/Sierra Hunter (NCUW) 8-1
2. Emily Loop/Nicole Swanson (NCUW) def. Danielle Bates/Lorin Miller (SIMW) 8-6
3. Sarah Barry/Kathryn Hays (SIMW) def. Erin Oellerich/Rachel Cubb (NCUW) 8-3

Up Next
Simpson travels to Missouri this weekend, playing Principia in St. Louis on Saturday, March 30 and going to Westminster (Mo.) on Sunday, March 31.