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WildCats Advance in ODAC Tourney with Win over Wasps

Jin hitting a backhand
Jin hitting a backhand

For Immediate Release – 5/3/17 - #322
WildCats Make History Advance in ODAC Tourney with Win over Wasps

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's tennis team, seeded third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, advanced to the semifinals for the first time after defeating Emory & Henry College.  The WildCats won the match and set the program record for most wins in a season, by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday.

Doubles play started the match and all three matches were very different.  Jenna Sweet and Ashley Schmitz continued their dominance at number two.  The pair won 8-1 in 31 minutes.  Aubrey Hawn and Keyu Jin earned a quick 2-0 lead at number one.  However, the Wasps fought back and kept it close the rest of the way.  Jin and Hawn kept trading games, but used the lead to keep their impressive 14-match win-streak alive.

Three doubles had the most entertaining match of the day.  Samantha Dickerson and Kristen Hamilton fell behind 6-2, but fought back.  After giving up only one game, the pair tied the score at 7-all.  E&H won the next game, but the 'Cats answered once again, thanks in large part to the play of Dickerson at the net.  It set up a tiebreak, where both teams had match-points, but the Wasps emerged victorious, putting the score at 2-1 entering singles.

The singles started very well for the WildCats.  Jin earned the third win of the day, sweeping her opponent at number one in quick fashion.  Schmitz ended her match shortly after Jin, winning by the same score and extending her win-streak to 13.

Things got a little tricky over the next two finished matches.  Lauren Appel dropped the five-singles in two sets.  The second needed a tiebreak as Appel, fought back, but the Wasp won.  Hawn fell in two sets in the number-two spot shortly before her classmate did.

However, Sweet closed out the match at number three.  She won both sets, sweeping the first, before wearing down her opponent in the second.  She used a couple of long volleys to win after giving up only two games.  Dickerson's match was left unfinished due to the tournament rule of playing to decision.

Randolph (13-3 overall) will head to the ODAC semifinals on Saturday.  It is the first time the team will play in the semifinals, with this method of tournament play being enacted in 2007. The final two rounds will be played at Randolph-Macon College, with the WildCats first opponent being the second-seeded Yellow Jackets.  The time will be determined later.