Bower, Gilley singles wins lead Spartans

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Senior Jillian Bower (Galveston, Ind.) resumed her impressive senior season, capturing a straight-set 6-3, 6-3 win to help highlight Manchester University's 7-2 loss to Rose-Hulman in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference dual play Saturday, Sept. 28.

Bower moved to 6-2 on the season with the victory over the Fightin' Engineers' Kylie McCollum at number five. Fellow senior Kara Gilley (Plymouth, Ind.) also had a successful afternoon, topping Marie Stettler 6-4, 6-4 at number one to pick up her second win of the year.

A sweep of doubles play got the visitors (4-1 overall, 3-1 HCAC out to a strong start). MU (3-5 overall, 2-2 HCAC) tried to avert the early hole, as Bower and freshman teammate Alaina Beckner (Columbia City, Ind.) battled in an 8-5 outcome at number three.

Manchester University concludes a busy four-dual home week with a league dual against Franklin College Sunday, Sept. 29. Match time is 1 p.m. at the YMCA Racquet Club in Warsaw, Ind., due to the threat of inclement weather.