Pioneers Tennis captures first HCAC win of 2016 against Mt. St. Joseph, 7-2

Pioneers Tennis captures first HCAC win of 2016 against Mt. St. Joseph, 7-2

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Transylvania women's tennis team continued a string of firsts under new head coach Kevin Calhoun as it attained its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win in 2016 with a 7-2 victory over the Mt. St. Joseph Lions on Wednesday evening.

The match stood as the first road event for the Pioneers versus HCAC competition with the 90-minute jaunt north to the campus of Mt. St. Joseph. Upon arrival, the Pios ensured that the night belonged to them.

The Pioneers set the tone early as they established the upper hand in the opening doubles matches; the No. 1 doubles pair of junior Lilian Williams and sophomore Madison Miles prevailed over the Lions duo of Morgan Hoehn and Kristina Staley, 8 to 4 in their pro-set matchup.

The No. 2 doubles match result added to the Transy momentum as junior Mary Grace Amato teamed up with freshman Lucy Herrington to power past Kelsey Knodel and Alicia Gallegos Ayala in an 8-0 final.   

Transylvania completed its pivotal sweep in doubles play as junior Myriah Porter and sophomore Kearstin Bruther powered past Hannah Williams and Hannah Broermann, 8-2 in No. 3 doubles to head to singles play with the upper hand.

Transylvania quickly seized the team win as Amato grinded out a three-set victory vs Ayala in No. 2 doubles as she rose from a 4-6 first set loss with a 6-0 sweep in set number two, then completed the win with a 10-1 third set score.

Herrington followed suit with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory in No. 3 singles over Williams to seal the deal for Transylvania.

The Pioneers added to their winning count with victories in No. 4 and No. 6 singles; Miles picked up a straight-set victory over Blake Nelson, winning 6-2, 6-1. Meanwhile Bruther cruised over Knodel 6-0, 6-1 to pick up the final victory of the day for the Pioneers.

Transy moved to 1-1 in HCAC play after its midweek travel to Mt. St. Joseph.

The Pioneers' road travels continue as they return to action on Saturday, September 17 as they head to HCAC opponent Franklin for an 11:00 a.m. start.

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