Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's tennis team competed in their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup of the young season as they took on the Rose-Hulman Engineers on Saturday.
The match took place at Spindletop Hall just north of Lexington, one of the Pioneers' new home facilities for this season.
The young Pioneers showed heart, as they took on the more experienced Engineers, who eventually seized all nine matches from Transylvania to claim the match victory.
One area of particular promise was in No. 3 singles action, as freshman Lucy Herrington pushed her opponent Naomi Bhagat into areas of trouble, before eventually falling 6-3, 6-3.
Another bright spot was the play of sophomore Kearstin Bruther and junior Myriah Porter in No. 2 doubles. The Transylvania teammates, who continued to build chemistry as the match progressed, made use of some cohesive returns to push their opponents before eventually falling by a score of 8-3 in the pro-set style duel.
In No. 6 singles, Bruther nearly grabbed the first set from Linde Schaffer, but abdicated a 7-6 tiebreaker as Schaffer went to take the second set 6-3 and the subsequent match.
After today's match, the Pioneers now turn their attention to their first conference road contest of the fall, as they face Mt. St. Joseph on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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