Anderson holds off Transylvania women's tennis as HCAC road trek opens for Pioneers

Burton serving at top seed facility

Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania women's tennis team was edged by the Anderson University Ravens 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson University Tennis Courts.

Waging a plethora of close matches across all courts, the Pioneers were hindered by an early 2-1 deficit in doubles as the Ravens held serve at home in No. 3, No. 4, and No. 6 singles to pull out the victory against Transylvania.

The Pioneers endured their second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference loss of the season, dropping to 4-2 in the HCAC and 4-5 overall.

Partaking in its first match of the weekend on the road, the Pioneers earned a solid victory at No. 1 doubles as freshmen Jessica Burton and Porsche Robinson powered to an 8-2 win against Allison Newman and Mandy Meserve. Anderson found the upper hand with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles while Anna Creech and Abby Kirkman of the Ravens held off freshman Alyssa Igyarto and senior Kearstin Bruther with a 9-8 win, taking the tiebreaking game 8-3.

Robinson and Burton reprised crucial wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively. Robinson won in straight sets over Newman while Burton took Kirkman to a third set before winning 10-5. Igyarto won at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-1 over Cassandra Weyker but Anderson prevailed in the other three singles matches to pull off the close victory.

Transylvania looks to bounce back tomorrow at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana as the Pioneers visit the Grizzlies in the second-to-last conference match of the 2018 regular season. Tomorrow's match is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start at the Mickel-Hoover Tennis Complex.

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