Women's Tennis Sweeps Piedmont for Second Win in as Many Days to Start Spring Season

Women's Tennis Sweeps Piedmont for Second Win in as Many Days to Start Spring Season

The Oglethorpe women's tennis team earned its second sweep in as many days in their home opener Thursday afternoon at the Downing Howell Courts, defeating the visiting Piedmont Lions 9-0 to improve to 2-0 on the young season. 

The Stormy Petrels got off to an excellent start in doubles, putting themselves up 3-0 headed to the singles portion of the competition. They got an 8-5 win from junior Caroline Johnson and freshman Hannah Dattilo, the No. 8 doubles combination in the Atlantic South region. That was followed up with an 8-4 win by sophomores Shannon Cruz and Delaney Abood at No. 2, and an 8-3 triumph by freshman Taylor Cranford and senior Ingrid Wilcox at No. 3.

The Petrels continued their dominance in singles, as well. Johnson took out her opponent 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1, and Dattilo followed with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 2, clinching the dual match for Oglethorpe. The home side continued to pour it on from there, though, as Cranford defeated her opponent 7-5, 6-0 at No. 3, and Cruz won by the same score at No. 4. Wilcox took down the No. 5 match 6-1, 6-1 and Abood did the same at No. 6.

"It's nice to be 2-0," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "It's been a good start to this early stretch of our season where we're going up against USA South teams. We've got some momentum now and have a good rhythm going, and hopefully that will continue on Monday."

The Petrels will host another USA South team, Agnes Scott, Monday at 4 p.m. on the Downing Howell Courts. After that, they'll travel the top of Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia for a showdown with Covenant Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. before heading out on their spring break trip the following weekend.