For Immediate Release – 4/12/17 - #291
WildCats Return to Winning Ways in Crosstown Rivalry
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's tennis team traveled to Lynchburg College on Wednesday for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) match. The WildCats got back in the win column, taking a 6-3 decision over their rivals.
Doubles started things, and the number one spot was especially tight. Keyu Jin and Aubrey Hawn took on a very good team, and it went back and forth the whole way. It needed a tiebreaker to decide the winner. The first-years took down their opponents, 9-8 (7-4). Number three was very similar, as Samantha Dickerson and Kristen Hamilton teamed. The 'Cats played well, and won six games, but narrowly fell. However, the two spot was the exact opposite. Jenna Sweet and Ashley Schmitz made sure of a lead going into singles, with a quick 8-0 sweep.
Singles was somewhat similar as there were three matches closely contested, and three that were over quick. One of the top matches was at number one, where Jin played Christina Harris, the 23rd-ranked player in the region. Action went back and forth throughout, but Harris pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 win. Dickerson played well at number six, but LC was able to get the win after Dickerson won six games. However, that would be it for the Hornets.
Lauren Appel had the last tough match of the afternoon at number five. She dropped the first 3-6, but came back strong in the second. Appel won a close set, 6-4. A third set was needed to decide things, and Appel hung tough. She outlasted her opponent, taking the third 6-4.
Hawn, Sweet, and Schmitz did not have as many fireworks in the two, three, and four spots. All three won in two sets, and the aggregate scoring was 36-4. Hawn gave up two games in the first, before sweeping her opponent in the second. Sweet allowed a single game in both sets, but was dominant nonetheless. Schmitz won with a clean, 6-0, 6-0 sweep for the third time this year. She also improved to an impressive 11-1 in dual matches.
Randolph (10-3 overall, 7-2 ODAC) will return home for the final regular-season home match of the year. The WildCats will honor Jenna Sweet before taking on Guilford College (1-11, 0-8) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.