Women's Tennis Completes Stay at ITA Regional Championships

Women's Tennis Completes Stay at ITA Regional Championships

The Oglethorpe women's tennis team completed their stay at the ITA South Regional Championships in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Saturday. The day was cut short due to rain, but the Stormy Petrel women did get several matches in.

Junior Delaney Abood fell in her Atlantic draw quarterfinal matchup, losing 6-0, 6-4. Meanwhile, freshman Lisette Phillips won her consolation draw matchup in a big comeback, taking it 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7). In the main consolation draw, junior Shannon Cruz fell 6-0, 6-2, while sophomore Hannah Dattilo fell 6-3, 6-4 and Cranford fell 6-7 (2), 6-3, 1-0 (6). 

The rain hit early in the afternoon, while Phillips was in the middle of her consolation draw matchup and doubles was about to get underway. Those matches were not picked back up, and the Petrels will now head home, with only the semifinals and finals of the main singles and doubles draws remaining on Sunday.

"Overall, I'm pleased with how we played this weekend," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We had some really tough matchups, and our group handled them pretty well and played really competitive tennis. Delaney Abood was especially good yesterday, winning all four of the matches she was involved with. Overall, I think this will give us good experience as we get ready for the spring season."

The Petrels have one event remaining in the fall season, as they'll head down Interstate 20 to take on Oxford on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. After that, they'll head into the winter break and get ready for spring, where their first match will be against Rose-Hulman on Feb. 24.

Day 1 Recap

The Oglethorpe women's tennis team was in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Friday for Day 1 of the ITA Women's South Regional Championships, and saw numerous Stormy Petrels compete in the individual event.

The main singles draw saw four Stormy Petrels competing, with senior Caroline Johnson earning a first-round victory over North Carolina Wesleyan's Ana Aguilar. She won in a 6-0, 6-0 clean sweep, advancing to the second round against Sewanee's Catherine Owen, who upset No. 4 seed Carlee Petro of Birmingham-Southern in the first round. Owen and Johnson engaged in a protracted battle, but Owen was just too strong, and won 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Hannah Dattilo fell to Millsaps' Grace Gaskins, 6-0, 6-0, while junior Shannon Cruz lost 6-1, 6-0 to Emory's Trisha Sundaram and sophomore Taylor Cranford fell to Sewanee's Darby Duval, 6-1, 6-3. 

Johnson and Dattilo held the No. 4 seed going into the main doubles draw, and won their first-round matchup over North Carolina Wesleyan by default after the latter duo pulled out of the competition. That put the seeded Petrel pairing in against a talented doubles tandem from Sewanee. The Petrels had a chance, serving with the score tied at 4-4, but eventually fell 8-4 to the Tigers duo. Cruz and Cranford had a first-round bye and then engaged in a second-round matchup with the No. 2 seed in the draw, Ashley Ford and Maggie Dabadie from Millsaps. The Petrel duo played excellent tennis, but the Major tandem pulled out a 9-7 victory, in the end.

Junior Delaney Abood served as Oglethorpe's best player on the day, competing in the secondary Atlantic draw in singles. She notched a victory over Camille Wilson of Agnes Scott, then followed that up with a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) win over Belhaven's Macey Lea in the second round. That put her in the bracket's quarterfinal round, where she'll take on Virginia Hammond of Birmingham-Southern at 9 a.m. Eastern on Saturday. 

Senior Halley Sickling and sophomore Elizabeth Bielicki played very well in the Atlantic doubles draw, knocking off a team from Birmingham-Southern in the first round, 9-8, before defeating a pairing from Agnes Scott in the final match of the day, 8-5, to advance to the final of that section. Abood and freshman Lisette Phillips performed similarly well in the South doubles draw, defeating Piedmont 8-5 in the first round before drawing a solid Birmingham-Southern tandem in the semifinals. They were down a game twice and came back to force a tiebreaker, then went down 4-0 in the tiebreak. They fought back, though, and won it 7-5 to clinch a spot in the final of that draw.

Cruz will face Petro in the semifinals of the main singles consolation draw after both delivered impressive victories to bounce back from their first-round defeats. Dattilo and Cranford will also be in the semifinals of the singles consolation draw after advancing on Friday.

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