Spring season begins Sunday

Spring season begins Sunday

A nine-date men's and three-date women's spring campaign for Manchester University opens Sunday, Feb. 25.

Dual details: The Spartans face off against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Alma College … Matches begin at 2 p.m. at Warsaw's Tennis Club.

Spartan Shorts: Men – MU went 0-2 in the fall of 2017, falling to Bethel College of Indiana 8-1 and fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference member Franklin College 6-3 … Senior Kyler Love (North Webster, Ind.) and freshman Isaac Miller (Goshen, Ind.) topped the singles chart, each honing 1-1 records, while the pairings of Love and senior Garrett Bear (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Love and senior Spencer Thomas (Yorktown, Ind.) each ended 1-1 in doubles play … The Black and Gold enter the spring picked fifth in the conference coaches preseason poll.

Women – Senior Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) highlighted a strong fall resume for the Black and Gold. She was named the league's Player of the Year after turning in an 8-2 overall and 7-0 loop singles record. She joined senior Miriam Ali (Giza, Egypt) for a 7-3 doubles finish to tie seniors Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) and Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.) (7-4) for the wins lead … Manchester University earned its eighth successive conference tournament berth and reached the event's Final Four.

On Horizon: The men's team returns to competition Saturday, March 31, for its HCAC and campus opener against Mt. St. Joseph University. The women's team continues its spring slate Thursday, April 5, against Bethel College.