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.