Lexington, Ky. – With one match remaining in its regular season schedule, the Transylvania women's tennis team fell to the Hanover College Panthers 9 to 0 at Spindletop Hall on Tuesday evening.
The Pioneers fought their Panthers opponents closely in doubles play, but the visitors pulled away in all three matches to set the tone for singles play.
The most closely contested doubles match of the three was the No. 1 doubles competition, as veterans Lilian Williams and Madison Miles took Meghan Farrell and Tori Schwartz to the limit, before falling 8 to 6. Mary Grace Amato and Lucy Herrington picked up three games in No. 2 doubles against Susan Winternheimer and Mackenzie Spicer, but the Panthers pulled away for the 8-3 win.
The Panthers picked up speed in their singles matches, achieving straight-set victories to officially claim their fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title. Though the Pioneers endured a one-sided result, the team still garnered some positive takeaways.
"We took one on the chin today, but Hanover is the class of the league right now and they showed why," reflected women's head coach Kevin Calhoun post-match. "We did a really good job in doubles play, especially in our No. 1 match. That's the best Madison has played all year and it showed today."
The Pioneers still have time for some latter-season moments as they prepare to host Manchester on Saturday at 11 a.m. as the Pioneers celebrate senior Sophie Head, and aspire for their fifth conference victory of the season.
"Hanover is the standard right now, and our athletes know where they need to go and how to get there," said Calhoun.
For more on Transylvania women's tennis, follow their official twitter @TransyTennis