OHIO – The Transylvania women's tennis team embarked on somewhat of a globetrotting tour in central Ohio on Saturday, beginning its day at Capital University with a dual match, before completing the day north in Delaware, Ohio with another match against Ohio Wesleyan University.
In their first match of the day at 10:00 a.m., the Pioneers defeated the Capital Crusaders 7-2 behind a strong set of performances in doubles play. The Pios finished off the day with a 6-3 loss at the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops to conclude an exhausting trek.
The Pioneers opened up the morning with a brilliant run against Capital as they swept all three doubles matches against the Crusaders. Seniors Lilian Williams and Mary Grace Amato teamed up in the No. 1 doubles slot to fight off Madison Watt and Ashlee Freeman for an 8-6 win that set the stage for the rest of the match.
While the Pioneers endured losses in No. 1 and No. 2 singles, the rest of the crew cleaned up in other matches. Williams was stout against Freeman, claiming a 6-1, 6-3 win in straight sets in No. 3 doubles. Freshman Anna Burch had a dominant win in No. 6 singles, yielding just two games, while Kearstin Bruther posted a 6-1, 6-0 win in her No. 5 singles match.
After wrapping up the match around 1:00 p.m. eastern time, the Pioneers headed 30 miles north to nearby Delaware, Ohio to take on Ohio Wesleyan. The Bishops got the early jump on the Pioneers in the afternoon match as they took two of three doubles matches.
Amato held her own in an epic match in No. 2 singles against Brooke Butterworth, fighting for a pair of 7-5, 7-5 victories. Bruther performed solidly once again in No. 5 singles, picking up a 6-4, 6-1 victory. However, OWU claimed victories in the other four singles matches to seize the 6-3 match victory.
The Pioneers have a quick turnaround with one more match remaining in the Buckeye state on Sunday. Transylvania visits the Otterbein University Cardinals in Westerville, Ohio. Opening serve is set for 11:00 a.m.
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