The Oglethorpe women's tennis team secured a weekend SAA sweep Sunday morning with a 7-2 victory over the Hendrix Warriors on the Downing Howell Courts. The victory improved the Stormy Petrels to 10-8 on the season overall and 2-3 in SAA play, moving them into a tie for fifth in the league with two matches to go.
The home side got off to an outstanding start in doubles, despite the chilly conditions. Sophomore Caroline Johnson and senior Katherine Walker made quick work of their opponents at No. 1 doubles with an 8-4 win, while the No. 2 pairing of freshman Shannon Cruz and sophomore Halley Sickling did much the same, defeating their opponents by the same scoreline. The No. 3 doubles team of junior Ingrid Wilcox and senior MaryAnne Hafen knocked off their opponents 8-3 to complete the doubles sweep and give Oglethorpe a 3-0 lead headed into the singles portion.
In singles, Johnson had to retire after falling 6-4 in the first set, giving the Warriors their first point of the dual match, but the Petrels responded with three victories in very quick succession to secure the win. Hafen picked up a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 6 while Cruz followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2. With the match clinched, Oglethorpe picked up a couple more wins with a 6-3, 6-1 victory from Wilcox at No. 4 and a 6-1, 6-4 victory from Sickling at No. 5. Walker found herself locked in a back-and-forth tussle at No. 3. She took the first set 6-3, but dropped the second and eventually fell in a tight 10-point tiebreaker, 11-9. In the end, she fell 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (9).
"It's nice to win consecutive conference matches," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We played very well in doubles and carried that momentum to singles. I thought Ingrid Wilcox played her most complete match of the year. The women have worked hard and I'm glad we now have some positive results. We had two 5-4 conference losses, but we kept our head up and kept believing it would be our turn."
The Petrels will next hit the courts on Saturday, when they welcome No. 10 Sewanee to the Howell Courts. After that, they'll welcome Centre to campus on Sunday morning. Both matches are schedule to begin at 9 a.m.