The Oglethorpe women's tennis team picked up a clean-sweep victory over the Piedmont Lions Wednesday afternoon in Demorest, Georgia, defeating them 9-0 and winning all six singles matches in straight sets. The victory improved the Stormy Petrels to 5-4 on the season.
The Petrels came out of the gate and got three victories against the homestanding Lions in the doubles competition on Wednesday, getting their match off to an excellent start. The No. 1 team of sophomore Caroline Johnson and senior Katherine Walker won 8-4 while the No. 2 team of freshman Shannon Cruz and sophomore Halley Sickling took their match 8-6. Junior Ingrid Wilcox and senior MaryAnne Hafen completed the doubles sweep with an 8-5 victory out of the No. 3 slot.
That sent the dual match to singles with the Petrels holding a commanding lead. They managed to extend that and put the match away quickly. The two most competitive singles matches came out of the Nos. 4 and 6 slots. Wilcox won the first set 6-1 in the No. 4 match, then put it away after a competitive second set, winning 6-1, 6-4. Sickling took the victory in the No. 6 match, putting her opponent away after her own 6-4 set, winning 6-2, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Johnson won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, Cruz finished with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2, Walker came in with a 6-0, 6-2 victory of her own at No. 3, and Hafen enjoyed a clean-sweep victory, 6-0, 6-0, over her opponent at No. 5.
"We got a complete win today on the road, which is always nice," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "Our new doubles combinations worked out well and we carried that momentum through the singles. It's nice to be 5-4 at this point in the season."
The Petrels have a busy Saturday in store, as they'll take on No. 3 Emory (who's currently ranked first in the Atlantic South region), at 10 a.m. in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta before returning to Brookhaven to host Wesleyan (Georgia) at 4 p.m. on the Downing Howell Courts.