The Oglethorpe women's tennis team faced a tough match against a stout Centre Colonels squad Sunday afternoon in Danville, Kentucky. The Stormy Petrels hung in best they could, but wound up with a 6-0 defeat. The loss dropped the team to 8-5 on the season overall and 1-2 in SAA play.
The Colonels got off to a good start in the doubles portion of the proceedings and were able to carry that through the rest of the dual match. Freshman Taylor Cranford and senior Ingrid Wilcox fought very hard at the No. 3 doubles match, but were unable to break through against the Centre tandem and fell, 8-6. Sophomore Shannon Cruz and junior Halley Sickling fell 8-3 in the No. 2 doubles match, while Centre's highly-ranked doubles tandem knocked off the No. 1 Oglethorpe duo of junior Caroline Johnson and freshman Hannah Dattilo, winning 8-1.
That gave Centre a 3-0 lead headed into the singles portion of the competition. The Petrels continued to fight valiantly, but the Colonels proved to just be too much. Johnson fell 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1, while sophomore Delaney Abood went down 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6, clinching the match for Centre. Dattilo fell 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2, as well, allowing the dual match to reach its final 6-0 scoreline.
Three matches were left unfinished due to the lateness of the hour and the length of the Petrels' trip back from Danville. Cranford and Wilcox were down a set and behind in the second at the Nos. 3 and 5 spots, respectively. Meanwhile, Cruz forced a potentially decisive third set in her match at No. 4 after taking the first set 6-1. She fell in the second 6-2 and was behind in the third set at the time the match was stopped.
"This was a tough match for us today," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "Centre is a very good team and I think we simply were a little too amped up for this match. I thought we fought hard, but it just wasn't to be today. We'll regroup and get ready to head west next weekend."
The Petrels go back on the road on Saturday, when they travel to Memphis, Tennessee, to take on Rhodes Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern. After that, they'll continue to Conway, Arkansas, the next day to take on Hendrix at the same time.