The Oglethorpe women's tennis team fell 5-0 to the No. 11 Sewanee Tigers Saturday morning in the SAA Tournament semifinals at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, drawing their season to a close.
The top-seeded Tigers won all three doubles matches, despite the No. 4 seed Stormy Petrels providing competitive matches across the lineup. Senior Caroline Johnson and sophomore Hannah Dattilo fought hard against the No. 14 tandem of Clementina Davila and Catherine Owen, eventually falling 8-4 at the first doubles slot. Junior Shannon Cruz and senior Halley Sickling lost by the same score at No. 2, while sophomore Taylor Cranford and junior Charlotte Disley fell 8-2 at the third doubles slot.
In singles, Cranford dropped her No. 4 match to No. 32 Catherine Owen, 6-0, 6-1, while freshman Lisette Phillips fell 6-0, 6-0 in the sixth slot, clinching the match for the Tigers. With all conference tournament matches played to decision, the rest of the matches went unfinished. However, Johnson, Dattilo and Cruz were all holding their own against Sewanee's top three single players at the time.
"I felt like we were pretty relaxed going into the match, as we felt we had nothing to lose," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We were closer in the doubles than the score shows, as so many games went to deuce, but we couldn't capitalize on them. Their strong depth won the day, but we had great efforts from Caroline Johnson, Hannah Dattilo and Shannon Cruz that went unfinished. We are sad to lose Caroline, who has been a likely 4-year All-SAA player, and Halley, who has developed into a very good doubles player. They've had a good run establishing our program to the level it is today, and I look forward to seeing how we move forward next year."
The Petrels finished the year 11-7 overall, which included a 4-2 mark in SAA play. They earned a spot in the SAA semifinals for the second straight year, and will finish regionally ranked in the Atlantic South for the third season in a row.