The Oglethorpe women's tennis team battled through some cold and windy weather, and came up a bit short in falling to Birmingham Southern, 6-3, in Alabama on Saturday afternoon. All three doubles matches were tight, with the Petrels losing at No. 1 doubles, 9-7, and at No. 2, 8-6. Junior Shannon Cruz and senior Halley Sickling picked up a 9-8 (5) win at No. 3 doubles, and the Petrels headed into singles play down 2-1.
Cruz tied things up at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Hannah Dattilo then picked up a tough 6-4, 7-6 (4) win at No. 2 to briefly give the Petrels a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, the squad would drop the four remaining singles matches, and fall by the score of 6-3. Junior Delaney Abood lost a tight one at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 7-5, while Sickling lost her match at No. 6 in three sets.
After the match, Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell commented, "We were so close in all of the doubles, and if we had gotten a second win it may have made a difference. I was delighted with the play of Shannon Cruz, who continues to be the rock of the lineup. It was good to see Hannah Dattilo playing solidly. We were very close in several matches, but the breaks didn't go our way today. It was a tough loss but we have to give credit to Birmingham-Southern, who is a very solid team."
With the loss, the Petrels drop to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in SAA play. They will continue their road trip with a match against Millsaps at 10 a.m. Eastern Sunday in Jackson, Mississippi.