Women's Tennis Splits Day 2 of Spring Break Trip

Women's Tennis Splits Day 2 of Spring Break Trip

The Oglethorpe women's tennis team split the second day of their spring break trip Monday in Orlando, Florida, falling to No. 30 Kenyon in a sweep in the morning, but responding with a 9-0 victory of their own over Emerson in the evening. The results moved the Stormy Petrels to 2-3 on the young season.

The Petrels had a tough match with No. 30 Kenyon in the morning, and couldn't get anything going against their highly-decorated opponent. The highlight of the match was the No. 1 singles showdown in which senior Caroline Johnson played a second consecutive 3-set battle, following Sunday's 3-setter against Coe. Johnson's opponent, Diana Aboubakare, is regionally ranked and made the NCAA championships in 2017. After dropping the first set 6-2, Johnson battled back, just as she did on Sunday, to win the second set, 6-4.  In the third set super-breaker, the players traded points before Johnson was bested 10-8. 

The Petrels got back on the winning track in the second match of the day, as they breezed to a 9-0 victory over Emerson on Monday evening. They played singles first, and all six matches were decided in straight sets. With a 6-0 lead and the match already clinched, the Petrels took care of business in doubles in short order to complete the sweep.
 
"It was good to get back on the winning track in the afternoon after a couple of tough opponents in our first two matches down here," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We will look to build on our win tonight. Caroline has been outstanding down here so far, and although she came up short in a couple of tough matches against highly-ranked opponents in Coe and Kenyon, I think the experiences from those matches will serve her well in conference play. Kenyon was an outstanding team up and down the lineup, so credit goes to them for their effort this morning."
 
The Petrels will be back in action on Tuesday, when they face off against Aquinas in Orlando at 6:30 p.m. They'll wrap up their stay in Florida when they go against Oneonta in Kissimmee at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
 
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