Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania women's tennis team had its four-match win streak snapped as they took a 6-3 match defeat to the Anderson Ravens on Saturday afternoon.
The defeat was just the second of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign for the Pioneers women, who entered Saturday morning seeking to capitalize upon their September momentum.
Transylvania and Anderson had to make a series of adjustments to account for some rainy weather in the Central Indiana region; after bumping the scheduled start time three hours early from noon to 9:00 a.m., the teams had to wait out a morning rainstorm and the ensuing drying process for the courts until 10:30 in the morning.
Once action began, Anderson immediately displayed their comfort at home by taking wins in all three doubles matches. While all were closely-fought pro-set matches, the Ravens pulled out 8-4, 8-5, and 8-5 wins in No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 singles play, respectively.
The Pioneers rebounded in singles play but Anderson sealed up the win by splitting the action with Transylvania. The Pioneers collected a sizable win in No. 2 singles by Mary Grace Amato, who whittled a 6-4, 6-1 straight set victory, and did the same in No. 3 singles. That match saw freshman Lucy Herrington smash a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
Transylvania picked up its other win in No. 5 singles, where junior Kearstin Bruther cranked out a tough three-set win against Katie Kirman, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to head back to Lexington with some positive notes.
Transylvania head coach Kevin Calhoun tipped his cap to the host Ravens while looking ahead to the next step for his emerging Pios: "Credit to Anderson," said Calhoun. "They played tough tennis and executed really well in the big moments. This is a learning opportunity for us."
The Pioneers will take a few days to regroup before banding together on Tuesday to host Hanover in a match that was previously scheduled for last Wednesday before being doused by rainfall.
"As we get better, we need to handle success and that's difficult," added Calhoun. "We will attack the last week of the regular season with hunger and eagerness."
After the Hanover match, the Pioneers wrap up HCAC regular season play with a Saturday, September 8 matchup against Manchester at Spindletop Hall in north Lexington.
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