The Oglethorpe women's tennis team earned its second consecutive clean sweep of an opponent Friday afternoon at the Downing Howell Courts, blanking in-state opponent Wesleyan (Georgia) 9-0 to improve to 6-4 on the season. The Stormy Petrels got no less than four clean sweeps in doubles matches and earned 6-0 victories in one set of the other two matches.
The afternoon started out with the doubles matches, and the Petrels were able to dominate those, winning all three to take a commanding lead. Sophomore Caroline Johnson partnered with junior Ingrid Wilcox to take the No. 1 match 8-1. Then, freshman Shannon Cruz and sophomore Halley Sickling swept the No. 2 match 8-0 and senior MaryAnne Hafen and Emma Bernard took down the No. 3 doubles match 8-2.
In the singles competition, Cruz moved up to the No. 1 spot for the day and took her opponent down 6-2, 6-0. The Nos. 2 through 5 matches all featured complete clean sweeps with Hafen, Sickling, freshman Delaney Abood and freshman Charlotte Disley all earning 6-0, 6-0 victories. Freshman Jacquelyn Hinton impressed in her perfomance at No. 6, as well, winning 6-0, 6-1.
"We played four freshmen today and they all responded with solid wins in front of our home fans," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "It was a good opportunity for them to get some experience and also gave us a chance to rest some of our lineup."
The Petrels will take a serious step up in competition on Saturday, when they travel across town to the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta to go against an Emory team that's rated first in the Atlantic South region and fourth in the nation.