An Oglethorpe women's tennis team depleted from playing five matches in four days gave it their all Wednesday against Haverford at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, but they couldn't quite get over the hump against the Fords, falling 5-4 to close their stay in central Florida at 2-3 on the trip and 4-3 overall.
Things started off well for the Stormy Petrels in the doubles portion of the dual match, as they took two of the three matches. The regionally-ranked doubles duo of junior Caroline Johnson and freshman Hannah Dattilo earned a tight win at No. 1, coming out on top 8-6, while sophomore Shannon Cruz and junior Halley Sickling earned an 8-5 triumph in the No. 2 match. Freshman Taylor Cranford and sophomore Delaney Abood fell 8-3 at No. 3, but the Petrels held the advantage going into doubles.
However, Haverford was able to turn it around in the singles portion of the competition. They quickly took a 4-2 lead with three straight wins to start things out. Johnson fell 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 and Cranford did the same 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, both of them running out of steam from the long week. Cruz also fell 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 to bring the Fords to within a match of clinching the day. The Petrels came back with a 3-set win from Dattilo at No. 2, as she came back to take down the match 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6). However, Haverford clinched the dual match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Abood at No. 6. Sophomore Charlotte Disley added a point at the end with a 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) win at No. 5.
"Today was tough for us, as we were suffering from some fatigue over our long week," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We played well in doubles, but just ran out of gas as singles unfolded. All in all, I think it was a productive week against some great competition, though. We learned a lot about ourselves, and we'll look to apply that toward the rest of our season."
The Petrels will return to Georgia to take on Covenant on March 15 in a makeup of a previously rained-out match atop Lookout Mountain. That match is scheduled to get started at 4 p.m.