By Blake Moore
ADA — The Ohio Northern women's tennis program swept all six singles matches and had four players win two matches each Wednesday afternoon, guiding the Polar Bears to an 8-1 victory over Ohio Athletic Conference foe Baldwin Wallace at the University Tennis Courts in Ada.
With the victory, ONU improves to 13-4 overall this season and remains undefeated in OAC action with a 3-0 league mark. The Yellow Jackets drop to 1-11 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Four players were double winners in the midweek showdown, including senior Ashley Ochsenhirt (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian), juniors Mackenzie Wills (Ada) and Katie Curry (Oxford/Talawanda), and freshman Abigail Staskiewicz (Mars, Pa./Oakland Catholic).
In doubles action, Northern claimed two of three contested matches for an early 2-1 advantage. Ochsenhirt and Wills claimed an 8-3 decision in the No. 2 slot while Curry and Staskiewicz won with a similar 8-3 scoreline on the No. 3 court.
Meanwhile, Baldwin Wallace picked up their lone match victory in the No. 1 doubles slot with an 8-4 decision for Imani and Jayde Robinson.
The Polar Bears went on to sweep all six singles courts to secure their 13th win in the 2018-19 campaign.
Curry led the individual efforts with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 4 singles.
In addition, Ochsenhirt won 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 at the No. 1 slot; Wills claimed a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles; and Staskiewicz won 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 6 position to become double-winners in Wednesday's match.
The Polar Bears will return to action this weekend at the OAC Tennis Fest in Mason, Ohio. Ohio Northern will face off against Franciscan Friday evening and battle Muskingum, Marietta, and Earlham (Ind.) on Saturday.