The Oglethorpe women's tennis team found themselves in another tough matchup against regionally-ranked Methodist Monday morning at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. They hung tough for most of the match, entering singles play down 2-1, but couldn't hold on in the end, falling 7-2 to the Monarchs. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 2-2 on the season.
Sophomore Shannon Cruz and junior Halley Sickling won their No. 2 doubles match, dropping their opponent 8-3, but Methodist took to other two doubles contests. They defeated junior Caroline Johnson and Hannah Dattilo 8-4 at No. 1 while knocking off freshman Taylor Cranford and senior Ingrid Wilcox 8-4 at No. 3.
Methodist took a 2-1 lead into the singles competition, and set about putting the match away. Cruz took a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 4 to keep the Petrels relatively close, but Methodist beat Johnson 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1, knocked off Dattilo 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2, dropped Cranford 7-6, 6-2 at No. 4, and defeated sophomore Delaney Abood 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6. Wilcox found herself locked in a 3-set battle, with a 10-point supertiebreak acting as the third set. She had multiple match points in that tiebreak, but couldn't close the match down, and eventually lost 13-11 in the tiebreak.
"This was our second tough match in a row," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell, "and I honestly think we came out a little flat after our tough loss to Coe yesterday. Bouncing back from a tough loss like that is something we have to learn to do, and we'll have another chance at it tomorrow."
The Petrels will take on Ursinus and Aquinas Tuesday at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. They'll head a few miles up the road to take on Ursinus in Kissimmee before returning to Orlando to go against Aquinas in the afternoon.