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Franklin holds off Spartans in HCAC dual

WARSAW, IND. – A pair of singles wins and a doubles decision at the number three spot highlighted Manchester University's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference dual with Franklin College Sunday, Sept. 29.

Franklin's 6-3 victory dropped MU to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Spartans move into a home and away week with a trip to Anderson University Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Senior Jillian Bower (Galveston, Ind.) won her third straight match at number five singles, moving to 7-2 on the year with a 6-1, 6-3 final over the Grizzlies' Kayla Walker. She also was part of the Black and Gold's doubles point, joining freshman Alaina Beckner (Columbia City, Ind.) to win a 9-8 thriller. Fellow senior Brandy Leeper (Bremen, Ind.) evened her season record at 4-4 for the final Spartans' team point, prevailing 6-0, 7-5 over Bethany Harris at number two.