March 4, 2014

Women's Tennis Loses Hard Fought Match to Regionally Ranked Christopher Newport

The Oglethorpe women's tennis team continued playing tough matches against opponents who are ranked within the Atlantic South region, falling to regional No. 12 Christopher Newport 6-3 Tuesday morning.

The Stormy Petrels got an 8-5 win from the No. 1 doubles team of JaHaun Freeman-Clark and Katherine Walker and the No. 3 doubles team of Tricia Groover and Hailey Bowers was ahead late in their match. However, the Christopher Newport pair came back to beat Groover and Bowers, 8-6, and the Petrels lost the other doubles match to fall behind 2-1.

In the singles competition, Freeman-Clark stormed her opponent at No. 1, blowing her out 6-0, 6-0. Meanwhile, the No. 2 slot featured Caffrey Francis falling behind a set but building a 4-1 lead in the second before her opponent was forced to retire with an injury. This made the score of the dual match 3-2 in favor of the Stormy Petrels.

However, Nos. 3 and 4 featured three-set losses from Walker and Wilcox, who both got up a set but could not hold onto the lead. Groover get swept in the first set at No. 4, but came back to force a tiebreak in the second set. Unfortunately, she lost that tiebreak 7-3. Marcail McGranahan hung tough at No. 6 but lost in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The Petrels fall to 1-4 on the season. They'll travel to Montgomery, Ala., to take on Huntingdon Thursday evening before returning home to battle high-powered Kenyon, currently ranked eighth in the Central region, on Sunday morning.

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