The Oglethorpe women's tennis team got their season off to an outstanding start on Wednesday evening with a clean sweep of the homestanding Wesleyan Wolves, going on the road to defeat them 9-0 in Macon. The Stormy Petrels did not lose a set and only dropped 13 total games over the course of the entire dual match.
The Petrels got off to an outstanding start in the doubles portion of the competition, with freshmen Hannah Dattilo and Taylor Cranford earning an 8-0 victory out of the No. 1 slot. Sophomores Delaney Abood and Shannon Cruz followed that up with an 8-1 win at No. 2, while sophomore Charlotte Disley and freshman Jessica Storr continued the effort with an 8-0 win at No. 3.
That put Oglethorpe in a commanding position headed to singles, and the Petrels didn't disappoint there, either. Dattilo secured a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1, while Cranford clinched the dual match for Oglethorpe with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 2. Cruz won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 and Abood took down the No. 4 match by the same scoreline. Disley won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and Storr earned a victory for her part, 6-1, 6-0.
"I thought this was a very good first day for this team," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We had three freshmen in the lineup, and all performed very well. That certainly bodes well as we head into tomorrow and to our spring break trip. I'm excited to see how this team performs as we head through the season!"
The Petrels will return home to the Downing Howell Courts on Thursday, and will take on Piedmont in their home opener at 3:30 p.m. After that, they'll host Agnes Scott at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.