Greencastle Ind.—The Transylvania University women's tennis team began their 2016 campaign on Saturday afternoon as they competed in the first round of the DePauw Fall Invitational.
The event also marked the first women's tennis match played under the tutelage of new Transylvania head coach Kevin Calhoun, who took over the reins of the program in August. Calhoun comes to the Pioneers from nearby University of Kentucky, where he helped rebuild the Wildcats program into a national contender over the past six years.
The Invitational is a bracket-style tournament, pitting multiple teams from around the midwest on the campus of Depauw in a group of elimination matches. The Pioneers tested their mettle against a collection of oncomers in both singles and doubles action; a key singles match featured Transylvania junior Mary Grace Amato who dueled with Division II St. Joseph's Vanessa Olson, but eventually fell 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles, the pair of Kearstin Bruther and Myriah Porter took it to the limit in doubles action against Hanover's Rachel Miller and Mallory Noble, pushing their match to the full three sets before eventually falling 4-6, 6-2, 10-7.
The process continues for the Pioneers as their journeys shift from north to south in their first week of season play; Transylvania next travels to Berea College on Wednesday night for their first dual matchup. Doubles action to begin the meet is set for 5:00 PM.
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