The Oglethorpe women's tennis team faced tough opposition against Birmingham-Southern Saturday morning in Birmingham, Alabama, as the Panthers currently sit 11th in the Atlantic South region. The Petrels fought hard across the board, but the Panthers pulled away for an 8-1 win in the end, dropping the Petrels to 8-7 on the season overall and 0-2 in SAA play.
The Panthers swept all three doubles slots to start the match off, putting themselves up 3-0 headed into the singles portion. The No. 1 team of sophomore Caroline Johnson and senior Katherine Walker hung tough against Birmingham-Southern's No. 1 team, but the Panthers won out 8-4. It was the same scoreline at No. 2 doubles with freshman Shannon Cruz and sophomore Halley Sickling. The No. 3 team of senior MaryAnne Hafen and freshman Delaney Abood fell 8-2.
In singles, the Petrels got their lone win of the match from Sickling at No. 6 singles. The Stormy Petrel sophomore played very well in taking out her opponent 6-0, 6-4. Elsewhere, Johnson lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1; Cruz 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2; Walker 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3; junior Ingrid Wilcox 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4; and Hafen 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5.
"First of all, I'm very pleased with the progress Halley Sickling has made this season," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "She played very well today, and was a bright spot for us. Overall, I thought we competed well across the board. Birmingham-Southern is just a very good team, though. We were outgunned and outmanned today, unfortunately."
The Petrels will get right back to it Sunday in Jackson, Mississippi, where they'll take on Millsaps at 10 a.m. Eastern. After that, they'll return home in preparation for home matches against Rhodes and Hendrix next weekend.