• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway women’s tennis ends regular season with RSC victory

ELIZABETH TOTH, a sophomore on the Midway University tennis team, clinched the 5-4 victory over Carlow (Pa.) after she won her No. 3 singles match. Toth lost the first set, 7-5, but won the second and third set, 7-5 and 6-2, respectively, for the 2-1 win. (Photo courtesy of Midway Athletics)

The Midway University women’s tennis team closed out its regular season on Saturday, April 22, defeating Carlow (Pa.) in a River States Conference matchup. The Eagles trailed 2-1 after the three doubles matches, but then battled back in their singles matches to tie the contest 4-4. Midway then won the final singles match to win, 5-4. Midway got off to a good start after their No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Elizabeth Toth and Diana Burkee defeated Justin Jacquillard and Carmen Kabasky, 8-5. The lead for the visitors was short-lived. The Celtics battled back to win at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take a 2-1 lead into singles play. The Eagles were quick to respond after they took the first singles match to tie the match. That victory came at No. 2 singles, where freshman Madison Chambers won in straight sets over Jen Wright, 6-3, 6-3. Then at No. 1 singles, senior Erin Pigman pushed Midway’s lead to 3-2 when she defeated Emily Armstrong, 6-2, 6-2. Carlow then came back and tied the match, 3-3, with a win at No. 5 singles. But, the Eagles moved one step closer to clinching the match with a win at No. 6 singles, as junior Jaylin Jones defeated Carmen Kabasky 6-4, 6-3 to give Midway a 4-3 lead. Carlow wouldn’t trail for long, winning at No. 4 singles to tie the match for the final time, 4-4. The match came down to the No. 3 singles match where Toth and Jacquillard fought a back-and-forth match. Jacquillard won the first set 7-5, but Toth came battling back to squeak out a 7-5 victory in the second set to force a decisive third set, where Toth took control from the start and cruised to a 6-2 win to clinch the win for Midway, 5-4. The Eagles closed out the regular season with a 6-7 overall record and a 3-3 RSC record. The Eagles and the Celtics meet again in next weekend’s River States Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament in Elizabethtown. Softball The Midway University softball team pushed its win streak to six games on Thursday, April 20, sweeping a doubleheader from Alice Lloyd (Ky.) at William G. Clark Memorial Field. In the first game against Alice Lloyd, the Eagles scored a run in the first inning as well as two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to walk away with the 7-0 shutout victory. Midway got stellar performances from the duo of senior Tiffany Wickline and sophomore Abby Flaig in the circle for the victory. Wickline, who is 10-7 this season, took home the win after she tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts, while allowing three hits in six innings. Flaig tossed the seventh inning and surrendered one hit. Leading the way offensively at the plate were juniors Kelsey Gravens and Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman. Both only tallied one hit, but they each drove in two runs. Gravens hit a two-run home run and scored twice, while Mogelberg-Kauffman scored once. Senior Gabby Bruner went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Junior Carly Benz drove in the other run for Midway and scored once, and Wickline also collected an RBI in the win. In the second game, the Eagles scored five runs in the third and four in the fourth, while allowing one run in the second to score a 9-1 win in five innings. Turning in a solid performance in the circle for Midway was freshman Emily McGlothin, who struck out five batters in five innings while allowing one run on six hits. Offensively, three Eagles tallied a multi-hit game, while a total of nine collected a hit. Freshman Lana Wilson, Wickline and junior Kolbi Mitchell each had two-hit games. Both Wilson and Wickline led the way with an RBI and two runs scored apiece. Gravens, Benz and sophomore Aliyah Johnson each drove in one run each, while Gravens and Benz each scored once. Senior Gabby Bruner, freshman Kendall Horn and senior Addie Murphy each scored once. After extending their win streak to six, the Eagles have a 19-15 overall record. They return to River States Conference play Friday, April 28, when they host Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) at 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, when they host Ohio Christian at 2 p.m. Men’s Golf The Midway University men’s golf team wrapped up its inaugural season on Tuesday, April 18, when the Eagles played the final 27 holes of the River States Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union. After playing the first round and the first nine holes of the second round on Monday, the 11-team field finished up the second round on Tuesday as well as playing the final round. Based on the preseason coaches’ poll released Aug. 2016, the Eagles were predicted to finish in ninth place, but they proved that predication wrong, sitting in fifth place at the conclusion of three rounds at Lassing Pointe. In the tournament, the Eagles were tied for second after the first round with a 307, but after they shot a 321 in the second round, they fell to fourth. Midway turned it around, however, in the final round when they shot a 311 to finish with a 939 overall in fifth place. Winning the event was Point Park (Pa.), which had a three-round score of 922 (306-311-305). Asbury (Ky.) made things interesting with a 303 in the final round, but finished three shots short with a 925 (307-315-303). Leading the way for the Eagles was the senior duo of Granville Hayes and NeShaun Gordon. Hayes fired a 74 in the first round, while he shot a 78 and a 77 in the final two rounds to finish with a 54-hole total of 229. He finished the tournament in a tie for seventh place. Gordon, on the other hand, competed in the tournament as an individual, so unfortunately for the Eagles, his rounds didn’t count in the team’s total. He didn’t get off to the start he was looking for after an 84 in the first round, but finished on a high note as he shot a 79 in the second round, and a 3-over, 74 in the final round for a total score of 237 to finish in a tie for 12th. Then, in 15th place was sophomore Austin Mitchell, who showed improvement as he scored an 80 in back-to-back rounds to begin the event. However, he shot a 7-over, 78 in the third round for a total score of 238. Finishing within one shot of each other was junior Logan Medley and sophomore, Josh Koester. After shooting a 75 in the first 18 holes, Medley shot an 83 and an 81, respectively, over the final two rounds for a 239 overall. Finishing with a 240 overall was Koester, who shot a 78 in the opening round, before finishing with a 82 and an 80 in the second and third rounds. The final Eagle in action for Midway was sophomore Brandon Cambron, who struggled in the first round with an 88, but rebounded in the final two rounds, and scored an 81 and a 76, respectively, to finish with a 245 overall. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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