Westerville, Ohio – The Transylvania women's tennis team wrapped up its weekend voyage into Central Ohio with an 8-1 defeat to the Otterbein University Cardinals Sunday afternoon at the Otterbein Tennis Courts.
Picking up the lone victory for the Pioneers was the duo of junior Kearstin Bruther and sophomore Lucy Harrington, who dueled Sophie Allen and Megan Stuteville to an 8-6 pro-set victory in No. 3 doubles.
As play shifted to singles, the Cardinals looked increasingly comfortable at home, winning all of their singles matches in straight sets. Senior Mary Grace Amato went back-and-forth with Allen in a compelling second set of their No. 2 singles match before Allen finished up a 6-2, 7-5 victory. Bruther also pushed her opponent Emily Quill to the limit in their first set before enduring a 7-5, 6-0 setback in the No. 5 singles matchup.
After finishing three challenging matches in the span of 36 hours on the road and going 1-2, head coach Kevin Calhoun measured up his team's progress. "This was a tough weekend by design," said Calhoun. "We wanted to get prepared for our upcoming Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season and we did. I'm pleased with the way the girls have responded to challenges."
The trek through Ohio wraps up the nonconference portion of Transylvania's schedule before HCAC play opens up at home on Wednesday, September 20 against Mount St. Joseph University.
"We have ten days to practice and address some things, and we are looking forward to the HCAC grind," said Calhoun.
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