The Oglethorpe women's tennis team performed well Sunday in a 6-2 victory over the homestanding Hendrix Warriors in Conway, Arkansas. The win featured outstanding performances up and down the lineup, and improved the Stormy Petrels to 10-5 on the season overall and 3-2 in SAA play.
In doubles play, the Petrels took two of the three matches, putting themselves in outstanding position headed to the singles portion of the match. All three of them were highly competitive, too. Junior Caroline Johnson and freshman Hannah Dattilo took the No. 1 match in a hotly-contested 8-5 match, while senior Ingrid Wilcox and junior Halley Sickling won by the same scoreline at No. 3. Sophomore Shannon Cruz and freshman Taylor Cranford fell 9-7 at No. 2, but Oglethorpe still had a 2-1 lead.
The Petrels then took that into singles, losing just one of five finished singles matches. They got to within a match of clinching the day with a 6-0, 6-2 win by Cruz at No. 3 and a 6-4, 6-1 win by Cranford at No. 4. Hendrix pulled one back, taking the No. 2 match from Dattilo, 6-0, 6-3 and making the score 4-2 with a couple matches going into a decisive third set. Johnson won the first set 7-5, but dropped the second in a hotly-contested 9-7 tiebreaker. That set up the third set, where Johnson came through with a 6-3 victory that clinched the match for the Petrels. Wilcox won her third set, as well, coming from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
"This was a hard-fought victory for us and I was extremely pleased with the effort," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We almost swept the doubles! Caroline Johnson did a great job of coming back after losing the extremely tight second-set tiebreaker, which could've closed out the match. Shannon Cruz again played very well and has been our rock in the lineup. It's great to be 3-2 in this very strong conference. We will have two more tough opponents next weekend in Birmingham-southern and Millsaps."
The Petrels return to the Downing Howell Courts next weekend, where they'll host Millsaps Friday at noon and Birmingham-Southern Saturday. That day will be Senior Day for the Petrels, and they'll honor the career of Ingrid Wilcox prior to the match.