Women's Tennis Tops Defiance, Falls to Anderson

Punugu-ac1DEFIANCE, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology topped Defiance College and narrowly fell to Anderson University in a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis matches on Saturday.

The Fightin' Engineers topped Defiance 8-1 in Ohio on Saturday morning, then narrowly fell 5-4 at Anderson on Saturday night.

The loss snapped Rose-Hulman's 13-match winning streak against HCAC competition.  The Fightin' Engineers stand 2-1 overall in league play.

Against Defiance, singles winners included sophomore Marie Stettler (Edgerton, Wis./Senior) at No. 1; junior Sage Sackett (Kalamazoo, Mich./Mattawan) at No. 2; junior Melissa Montgomery (Alexandria/Monroe) at No. 3; sophomore Colleen Stevenson (Bolton, Mass./Nashoba Regional) at No. 4; sophomore Paige Cook (Terre Haute/North) at No. 5; and freshman Manasa Punugu (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) at No. 6.

In doubles play, winning teams included freshman Kylie McCollum (Lee's Summit, Mo./West) and sophomore Lauren Reberger (Brazil/Northview) at the No. 1 spot, and sophomore Grace Johnson-Bann (Hermitage, Tenn./Hunters Lane) and Punugu at No. 2.

Against Anderson, winners included Sackett at No. 2 singles, Montgomery at No. 3 singles, Cook at No. 5 singles, and the tandem of Stettler and Cook at No. 2 doubles.

Rose-Hulman stands 4-2 overall and 2-1 in HCAC play.  The Fightin' Engineers compete in the Franklin doubles invitational on Sunday and return to regular season action on Saturday against Transylvania at home. 


1. Marie Stettler (RHIT) def. Kirsten Wieland (DC) 6-2, 6-3
2. Sage Sackett (RHIT) def. Catie Savage (DC) 6-1, 6-4
3. Melissa Montgomery (RHIT) def. Nicole Lovins (DC) 6-0, 6-1
4. Colleen Stevenson (RHIT) def. Katie Carunchia (DC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Paige Cook (RHIT) def. Tasha Brown (DC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Manasa Punugu (RHIT) def. Danielle LaBarbera (DC) 6-0, 6-0

1. Kylie McCollum/Lauren Reberger (RHIT) def. Kirsten Wieland/Nicole Lovins (DC) 8-2
2. Grace Johnson-Bann/Manasa Punugu (RHIT) def. Catie Savage/Katie Carunchia (DC) 8-3
3. Tasha Brown/Danielle LaBarbera (DC) def. Sarah Hensley/Sonia Sanchez (RHIT) 8-1

1. Alex Hammel (AU) def. Marie Stettler (RHIT) 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2)
2. Sage Sackett (RHIT) def. Courtney Postmus (AU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Melissa Montgomery (RHIT) def. Tara Akers (AU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3
4. Sylvia Schering (AU) def. Colleen Stevenson (RHIT) 6-2, 6-2
5. Paige Cook (RHIT) def. Michaela Hammel (AU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Shel Wilhelm (AU) def. Kylie McCollum (RHIT) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

1. Alex Hammel/Courtney Postmus (AU) def. Sage Sackett/Melissa Montgomery (RHIT) 8-1
2. Marie Stettler/Paige Cook (RHIT) def. Tara Akers/Sylvia Schering (AU) 8-2
3. Kourtney Brubaker/Michaela Hammel (AU) def. Kylie McCollum/Lauren Reberger (RHIT) 8-6