Senior Ashley Ochsenhirt notches 100th career victory as Women' Tennis concludes Spring Break trip with victories over Rio Hondo (Calif.) CC, El Camino (Calif.) CC

Senior Ashley Ochsenhirt notches 100th career victory as Women' Tennis concludes Spring Break trip with victories over Rio Hondo (Calif.) CC, El Camino (Calif.) CC

By Blake Moore

WHITTIER & TORRANCE, Calif. — Senior Ashley Ochsenhirt (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) surpassed the 100 career victory plateau and posted a 4-0 record Thursday afternoon, guiding the Ohio Northern women's tennis squad to 8-1 and 7-2 wins over Rio Hondo (Calif.) CC and El Camino (Calif.) CC, respectively, to conclude the program's 2019 Spring Break trip.

Ochsenhirt is now 101-39 in three seasons at Ohio Northern after transferring from Mississippi College following her freshman campaign. She joins junior teammate Mackenzie Wills (Ada) in the 100-Win Club after the latter eclipsed the same standard on Monday.

With the victories, the Polar Bears improve to 8-2 overall in the 2018-19 season. Northern finishes their five-match Spring Break trip with a 3-2 overall record after defeating Cypress (Calif.) CC 8-1 on Monday and falling to Occidental (Calif.) 5-4 and California Lutheran 5-1.

Meanwhile, Rio Hondo fell to 2-5 overall while El Camino dropped to 4-3 on the year.

Northern also received 4-0 performances from Wills and junior Katie Curry (Oxford/Talawanda) on Thursday afternoon. Additionally, freshman Abigail Staskiewicz (Mars, Pa./Oakland Catholic) ended the day with a perfect 3-0 mark.

In the opening match, the Polar Bears raced out to an early 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles courts, including 8-0 triumphs from Ochsenhirt and Wills at No. 1 doubles and Curry and freshman Olivia Schrager (Dayton/Miami Valley) in the No. 3 doubles slot.

ONU capped their opening act with five victories in the six contested singles matches, sweeping the No. 1-5 courts.

Ohio Northern also started out strong against El Camino, claiming two of the three doubles matches to lead 2-1. Ochsenhirt and Wills claimed another victory, an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles, while Curry and Staskiewicz pitched an 8-0 shutout in the No. 3 slot.

As in the first match, the Polar Bears claimed five singles matches to seal the nonconference win. Ochsenhirt took home her 101st win with a 6-0, 6-4 decision at No. 1 singles while junior Kaleigh Cummins (Springfield/Northeastern), Staskiewicz, Curry, and Wills swept the No. 3-6 contests.

Ohio Northern will now break from action until Friday, March 22 when it opens a three-match home stand with a nonconference contest against Ohio Wesleyan. First serve is set for 5 p.m. at the University Tennis Courts.