The Oglethorpe women's tennis team completed their stay at the ITA South Regional Championships on Saturday. The tournament was hosted by Emory with matches at their campus in Atlanta and at Agnes Scott's campus in Decatur.
In the C singles draw, sophomore Ela Bielicki fell to North Carolina Wesleyan's Jules Johnson 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals. In the main consolation draw, junior Taylor Cranford knocked off Piedmont's Caroline Connelly 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals against Sewanee's Maura McCrary. McCrary won the matchup 6-4, 6-0. Senior Shannon Cruz fell to Centre's Abigail Kent in the quarterfinals of the main consolation draw, 6-4, 6-0.
In the B doubles bracket, Cranford and senior Charlotte Disley got a walkover semifinal victory an advanced to the final against Caroline Yarbrough and Madeleine McDonald of Rhodes. Yarbrough and McDonald came away with an 8-4 victory to win the bracket.
In the main doubles consolation bracket, Cruz and junior Hannah Dattilo faced a tough quarterfinal battle with Sewanee's McCrary and Taylor Sprouse. They remained sanguine and competed hard, but eventually fell 8-6.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe women's tennis team competed at the ITA South Regional Championships Friday, with matches in Atlanta at Emory and in Decatur at Agnes Scott. The Stormy Petrels competed in a variety of singles and doubles competition.
In the main singles draw, senior Shannon Cruz took Sewanee's Jordan Besh to a third set, but it was Besh who eventually prevailed, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. Junior Hannah Dattilo fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sewanee's Lilly Stephens while fellow junior Taylor Cranford lost 6-0, 6-0 to Haley Tucker, also from Sewanee.
All three dropped to the consolation draw, where Cranford was able to pick up a victory. She defeated Nicole Halabi of North Carolina Wesleyan, 6-4, 7-6(5), to advance to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw, where she'll play Piedmont's Caroline Connelly at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Cruz picked up a first-round bye in the consolation draw and will go against Centre's Abigail Kent at the same time in Saturday's quarterfinals. Dattilo fell 6-2, 6-2 to Julia Darkey of Rhodes in the consolation first round.
Dattilo and Cruz also competed as a team in the main doubles draw, but fell to Centre's Kent and Katharine Sherman, 8-1, in the first round. They dropped to the consolation bracket, where they had a first-round bye. They'll take on Sewanee's Maura McCrary and Taylor Sprouse at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
In the B singles draw, senior Delaney Abood advanced to the quarterfinals after a walkover victory in the first round. There, she ran into Sewanee's Nelson Tyler Jones. In a 3-set match, Abood gave it her all, but fell 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.
In the C bracket, sophomore Ela Bielicki earned a couple of victories. She knocked off Piedmont's Haley Oleson in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 thriller in the first round, then took out Jillian Sandoz of Millsaps, 6-3, 7-6(5), in the quarterfinals. She'll take on Jules Johnson of North Carolina Wesleyan at 9 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals.
Sophomore Lisette Phillips earned a victory in the first round of the D bracket, knocking off Jacy Pippin of Agnes Scott, 6-0, 6-2. She fell to North Carolina Wesleyan's Ann Aguilar 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Senior Charlotte Disley picked up a first-round bye, then fell 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(1) to Piedmont's Lily McNeel in the quarterfinals.
In the B doubles bracket, Disley and Cranford made their way all the way to the semifinals. They knocked off McNeel and Val Zhurakovskya of Piedmont 8-1 in the first round, then continued in the quarterfinals with an 8-0 victory over Piedmont's Taylor Sorrells and Savanna Kennedy. They'll take on the North Carolina Wesleyan team of Johnson and Louise Hovhammar in Saturday's semifinals at 1 p.m.
Elsewhere in the B doubles draw, Phillips and Bielicki won their first-round match, 8-3, over Aguilar and Sahar Guermah of North Carolina Wesleyan. They would've been lined up to play Disley and Cranford in the semifinals, but lost their quarterfinal matchup to Johnson and Hovhammar, 8-5.