Taylor Cranford, WOMEN'S TENNIS

Taylor Cranford, WOMEN'S TENNIS

Freshman Taylor Cranford of the Oglethorpe women's tennis team has been named the SAAC Female Athlete of the Week by her peers in the Ogelthorpe Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Cranford had a terrific weekend for the Petrels, going undefeated at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles in their 5-4 win over Millsaps and 6-3 win over Birmingham-Southern. She earned her first career SAA Women's Tennis Player of the Week award for her efforts. She paired with sophomore Shannon Cruz in an 8-3 victory over Millsaps' No. 2 tandem, giving Oglethorpe a 2-1 lead at the time. She fought through cramps in besting her opponent 6-3, 6-4 in singles, giving the Petrels the opportunity for the win. Against Birmingham-Southern, Cranford and Cruz won a tight 8-6 match, giving Oglethorpe a sweep in doubles. She then defeated her opponent 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4, giving Oglethorpe their fourth point and putting them on the brink of winning. She is now 5-1 in conference play at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, and 3-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Cranford and the rest of the Stormy Petrels will hold the No. 3 seed in this weekend's SAA Tournament in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They'll take on No. 6 seed Berry at 1 p.m. Eastern in Friday's first round matchup. The semifinal round will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. and the championship match Sunday at the same time.

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