The Oglethorpe women's tennis team won their second consecutive match and have won four of their last five after a 5-4 victory over the Agnes Scott Scotties Thursday afternoon at the Downing Howell Courts. The Stormy Petrels clinched the dual match early, outscoring Agnes Scott 5-1 over the first six completed matches. The Scotties responded by winning the last three, but it didn't matter. The Petrels improved to 6-3 on the season with the victory.
The Petrels got off to a good start in the doubles portion of the match, winning two of the three doubles matches over the visiting Scotties. The regionally-ranked top doubles combo of junior Caroline Johnson and freshman Hannah Dattilo dominated their match, winning 8-0. The No. 3 doubles team of senior Ingrid Wilcox and freshman Taylor Cranford came through a short time later with an 8-5 win to give Oglethorpe a 2-0 lead. The No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Shannon Cruz and junior Halley Sickling fell 8-3, but the Petrels still held a 2-1 lead headed to the singles portion of the competition.
The Petrels made quick work of the match once they got to the singles portion of the competition, defeating their opponents in the first three completed singles matches. Cruz made quick work of her opponent at No. 3 singles, winning 6-3, 6-0. Wilcox did the same at No. 4, taking down that match 6-3, 6-2, drawing Oglethorpe to within a single point of clinching the dual match. Johnson got the job done at No. 1 to finish it, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Agnes Scott won the final three matches after the Petrels had clinched the overall victory. Sophomore Charlotte Disley fell 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6, while Oglethorpe also lost a pair of third-set super-tiebreaks. Sophomore Delaney Abood fell 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (10-4), while Dattilo dropped her No. 2 match 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).
"I was very pleased with the poise and sportsmanship we showed in the face of adversity," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "They responded despite everyone from No. 3 to No. 6 having the move up a spot due to injury. Despite that, we got the wins we needed to secure the match, and I'm pleased with the effort our team gave."
The Petrels will remain home this weekend to take on Oxford at 11 a.m. on the Downing Howell Courts. The match against the Eagles will serve as a makeup to a contest that got rained out back in the fall.