Pioneers Women’s Tennis continues HCAC hot streak with sweep at Earlham

Pioneers Women’s Tennis continues HCAC hot streak with sweep at Earlham

Richmond, Ind.– The Transylvania women's tennis team continued its early season hot streak, as the Pioneers earned a third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road victory, defeating the Earlham Quakers 9-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the EC Tennis Courts.

The Pioneers started off the day in dominant fashion and never looked back. The No. 1 doubles pair of junior Lilian Williams and sophomore Madison Miles defeated the Quakers team of Arrita Domi and Lexi Aligarbes 8-0 in their pro-set match.

The Pioneers completed the sweep of the day's double matches, as the No. 2 team of Junior Mary Grace Amato and freshman Lucy Herrington beat Chloe Culler and Kaitlin Morgan 8-2, and the Pioneers duo of Myriah Porter and Kearstin Bruther beat Wei-Yung Liu and Megan Howell 8-1 in No. 3 doubles.

Transylvania upped the ante as singles competition began; in No. 1 singles, Williams defeated Domi 6-3, 6-0, and Amato beat Morgan 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles, clinching the match for the Pioneers.

Once the match was in hand, the Pioneers had little trouble in claiming the next two victories, as Herrington beat Aligarbes 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles, and Bruther defeated Culler 6-0, 6-0 for the No. 4 singles victory.

The No. 5 singles match proved to be the closest contest of the day, as junior Myriah Porter fought back from a tiebreaker in the first set to defeat Ziqi Wang, 7-5, 6-3 in straight sets.

In the final matchup of the day, senior Sophie Head defeated her opponent 7-5, 6-0 to complete the match sweep for the Pioneers.

First-year coach Kevin Calhoun was proud of the Pioneer's fight throughout the match. "I'm happy with all nine matches tonight," said Calhoun. "Lilian Williams in particular stood out. She was resilient, mentally tough, and won her match with her toughness. It was great to see her fight through a tough win tonight."

"We are really happy to win today," echoed Williams after the match. "Every conference win is fun. We are going to take the things we did well and did not do well and get ready for Defiance on Saturday."

After today's convincing victory over Earlham, Transylvania's record now stands at 4-1 on the season, and 3-1 in HCAC play. The Pioneers now stand alone in third place in the HCAC standings.

Next up, the Pioneers return to Lexington hoping to build upon their current winning streak as they face the Defiance Yellow Jackets on Saturday, September 24 at 12:00 PM in Lexington.

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