Nicholasville, Ky. – The Transylvania women's tennis team's bid for a third straight win to begin the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule was stopped by the Hanover College Panthers, who took eight of nine matches in their Wednesday afternoon dual at Top Seed Tennis Complex.
Carrying a 2-0 record in conference play into Wednesday's match, the Pioneers looked to topple another titan of the HCAC in undefeated Hanover after collecting victories over Rose-Hulman and Manchester.
The Panthers came out focused, grabbing victories in two of three doubles matches while the freshman tandem of Porsche Robinson and Jessica Burton battled to an 8-6 victory over Susie Winternheimer and Meghan Farrell in No. 1 doubles play.
While the collection of singles matches featured multiple closely-fought sets, all six results went to the Panthers as they took off from the Bluegrass with another win on their ledger. Cami Jones held off Robinson in No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win. Farrell won her rematch against Burton in the No. 2 singles matchup, taking a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory.
In the No. 3 singles matchup, Winternheimer fended off junior Merrick Irwin in straight sets, winning 7-5, 7-6. In No. 5 singles, freshman Alyssa Igyarto took the first set against Hanover's Addison Laker 6-4, before Laker grabbed the final two sets to win in three.
The Pioneers will look to bounced back next Wednesday, October as they venture to Mount St. Joseph University to take on the Lions at the Mount Tennis Courts. The HCAC dual match is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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