Pioneers get first team win of Kevin Calhoun era with successful trip to Berea

Pioneers get first team win of Kevin Calhoun era with successful trip to Berea

Berea, Ky. – The Transylvania University women's tennis team captured its first team victory under new head coach Kevin Calhoun on Wednesday night, winning a 6-3 dual match decision against the Berea College Mountaineers.

Transylvania was coming off of a grueling weekend schedule playing in a bracket-style Depauw Fall Tournament in Greencastle, Indiana the past weekend. With singular matches to focus on against one opponent, the Pioneers played with confidence to mark a historic day in the next chapter of the decorated tennis program.

The Pioneers sealed up victories in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, with sophomore Kearstin Bruther and sophomore Emily Fulkerson leading the charge in the No. 2 doubles spot. The duo cruised to an 8-3 win against Alicia Bedollah and Ashley Ferrell to set the tone for the rest of the match that went the Pioneers' way.

"We had great doubles and singles matches and kept our spirits high," said Fulkerson of the team effort. "Everyone played extremely well and we swung and hit our shots with confidence," analyzed the sophomore after her pair of wins.

Along with a No. 3 doubles win collected by junior Sibei Lin and freshman Lucy Herrington, Fulkerson and co. cleaned up big wins in the No. 3 through 6 doubles slots. Herrington clinched the win in No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Alicia Bodellah, and Bruther followed with a staunch 6-0, 6-0 win in No. 4 doubles play. Fulkerson and senior Sophie Head finished off the manifest with dominant wins, capturing 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins, respectively.

The win was an uplifting victory that sends the Pioneers into Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with some newfound momentum. Transylvania opens up their HCAC slate on Saturday as they host Rose-Hulman at 12:00 noon at Spindletop Hall.

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