Pioneers Tennis teams begins spring break competition in Florida

Pioneers Tennis teams begins spring break competition in Florida

Kissimmee, Fla. The Transylvania tennis teams split a pair of spring break matches against the Trine University Thunder at Oak Street Park on Monday morning.

The men's tennis team met an experienced Thunder team that took control of the match early on in doubles play.

After being swept in the three doubles matches, Transylvania put forth its best effort of the day as junior Luke Groene lost a tough first set 7-5, before falling 5-2 in the second set of No. 1 singles.

Despite the result, Coach Kevin Calhoun was encouraged by his team's performance. "The men ran into a buzz saw in Trine, but overall I'm happy with their efforts," said Calhoun. "They continue to play with good emotion and discipline and the results will come. They are working hard and buying in to a new system and I'm pleased with where they are."

Trine University 6, Transylvania University 0

Men's Singles competition

1. Spenser Gilbert def. Luke Groene 7-5, 5-2

2. Judson Quinn def. Eric Sandknop 6-1, 6-1

3. Victor Flynn def. Isaac Settle 6-0, 6-1

4. Garrett Baysinger def. Hussain Siddiqui 6-0, 6-0

5. Tyler Davis def. J.T. Henderson 6-0, 6-2

6. Blake Trusty def. Daniel Cooper 6-2, 6-0


Men's Doubles competition

1. Victor Flynn/Judson Quinn def. Isaac Settle/Eric Sandknop 8-0

2. Blake Trusty/Jacob Weiss def. Luke Groene/Esteban Favetto 8-2

3. Spenser Gilbert/Tyler Davis def. Daniel Cooper/J.T. Henderson 8-0


The Transylvania women's tennis team turned in an impressive performance on Monday, defeating Trine 7-2.

Transylvania's Madison Miles and Lilian Williams held on for a 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles, while the teams of Mary Grace Amato and Emily Fulkerson, and  Lucy Herrington and Myriah Porter earned 8-2 wins for Transylvania at No. 2 and 3 doubles respectively.

After sweeping doubles play, Transylvania moved into the singles portion of the match looking to maintain control of the match.

Williams lost a heartbreaker in No. 1 singles, enduring a 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 three-set result. However, Coach Calhoun saw the match as a bright spot despite the loss. "I'm especially proud of Lili Williams for her effort in singles, even in a loss," remarked Calhoun. "She had every reason to stop fighting but competed through the end. She played like a Pioneer today and her fight was important for her teammates."

The Pioneers power forward in other singles matches, as Amato claimed No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-0, and Herrington captured her No. 3 singles match 6-2, 6-1.

The Pioneers wasted little time in finishing off the Thunder, as Kearstin Bruther cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win in No. 4 singles, and Fulkerson earned a hard fought 3-6, 6-1, 10-4 win in No. 5 singles.

Transylvania University 7, Trine University 2

Women's Singles competition

1. Madison Hatkevich (TR-W) def. Lillian Williams (TRANSYW) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9

2. Mary Grace Amato (TRANSYW) def. Tarah Brennan (TR-W) 6-1, 6-0

3. Lucy Herrington (TRANSYW) def. Kinnsey Pass (TR-W) 6-2, 6-1

4. Kearstin Bruther (TRANSYW) def. Carlee Richardson (TR-W) 6-0, 6-1

5. Emily Fulkerson (TRANSYW) def. Abby Hoge (TR-W) 3-6, 6-1, 10-4

6. Kyra Braun (TR-W) def. Madison Miles (TRANSYW) 6-1, 1-6, 10-5


Women's Doubles competition

1. Madison Miles/Lillian Williams (TRANSYW) def. Madison Hatkevich/Kinnsey Pass (TR-W) 8-4

2. Mary Grace Amato/Emily Fulkerson (TRANSYW) def. Kirstin Riise/Carlee Richardson (TR-W) 8-2

3. Lucy Herrington/Myriah Porter (TRANSYW) def. Abby Hoge/Kyra Braun (TR-W) 8-2


Up next, the Pioneers will continue their Florida trip as they face Texas Lutheran in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday March 14. The match is set for an 8:00 a.m. start.

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