For Immediate Release – 3/18/17 - #248
Sweet Sets Record in WildCats Victory
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's tennis team defeated Bridgewater College 5-2 in a weather-shortened match on Saturday. However, the big story in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) match was Jenna Sweet setting a new record.
After tying the record for most doubles victories in program history on Friday, Sweet once again teamed with Ashley Schmitz in a bid to set the record. The pair had their hands full, but showed great resilience in the match. After exchanging several games, the number two team picked up the 8-5 win. Sweet earned her 41st-career victory with that match. She eclipsed her former partner, Dina Velazco '16, with that win.
Despite that occasion, the WildCats still needed four more matches to earn the victory. Keyu Jin and Aubrey Hawn teamed at number one and played very well. The first-year pair, romped to an 8-2 win. Lauren Appel and Samantha Dickerson teamed up at number three and were in for another tough match. The two went back and forth with the Eagles, taking four games. However, BC won the match.
Randolph entered singles with a 2-1 lead, but the rest of the match would not go as planned. During singles play, inclement weather entered the area and lightning was detected. It forced the match to move over to the Crosswhite Athletic Club. With that said, Appel and Dickerson did not have their matches finished (Dickerson did not even start).
Despite those issues, the 'Cats got the three wins they needed. Jin faced a tough battle after dropping the initial set. She needed seven games to win number two, in what was a close, hard-fought set. That win set up a super-tiebreak to decide things. Jin showed great poise in doubling up her opponent for the win.
Hawn fell in her match at number two, but Sweet and Schmitz had similar battles as Jin at three and four. Sweet won the first set with ease, but needed more in the second. Games were traded until, she won the second 7-5. Schmitz doubled up her opponent in the first set, winning 6-3, but dropped the second 6-4. It set up a super-tiebreak. She pushed through and won the super-tiebreak 10-7, giving Randolph the win.
Randolph (5-2 overall, 2-1 ODAC) will be off until next Friday. The WildCats host Roanoke College (3-3, 0-1) at 3 p.m.