Women's Tennis Competes at USTA/ITA Regional Championships

Women's Tennis Competes at USTA/ITA Regional Championships

Rain again played a big factor at Day 2 of the USTA/ITA Division III South Regional Championships Saturday, completely washing out the secondary doubles draw and cutting the secondary singles and consolation draws short.

The Petrels did get some rounds in, though. Sophomore Halley Sickling competed in the quarterfinals of the secondary singles draw, falling in her match Saturday morning. Junior Katherine Walker was able to put up two victories in the main consolation draw on Saturday, as well, while freshman Charlotte Disley won a match in the secondary consolation draw. 

"This was a hugely valuable experience for our girls," said Head Coach Peter Howell. "We got to see the strength of our conference fores first-hand. We saw how hard players work and the effort it takes. This tournament will help us as we prepare for spring. We had some great individual efforts and identified some things we can continue to improve."

The Stormy Petrels will wind up their fall season next Saturday when they host Brooklyn at 10 a.m. at the Downing Howell Courts.

Day 1 Recap

The Oglethorpe women's tennis team saw several members compete at the USTA/ITA Division III South Regional Championships at Old Fort Park in a rainy Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Friday. Two Stormy Petrels won their first round matchups and several other members of the team competed in the both the main and secondary draws.

Sophomore Caroline Johnson had an excellent first-round match against Covenant's Aly Hall, taking down the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. With the win, she advanced to the second round to take on the tournament's No. 2 seed, Sewanee's Lindsey Liles, in a difficult matchup. The Tigers' No. 1 knocked Johnson out of the main draw with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Freshman Shannon Cruz also won her first-round matchup against Covenant's Gracie Smith. It was a hard-fought match but Cruz came away with a 6-5, 6-4 victory and advanced to the late morning's second round. She faced Emory's Taylor Cosme in the round-of-32 and fell 6-1, 6-1.

Senior Katherine Walker also competed in the main singles draw, but had a very difficult first-round matchup against North Carolina Wesleyan's Natalia Lopez, the No. 5 seed. Walker hung tough in the first round but eventually fell 6-4, 6-0 to her highly-ranked foe. 

The Petrels also had one doubles team in the main draw, as Johnson and Walker took on the highly-regarded Emory team of Melissa Goodman and Daniela Lopez. The Petrel duo made life tough on the Eagles pair, accruing 11 different game points over the course of the match. They were unable to cash in on any of them, however, and the Emory duo won 8-0 and advanced to the second round.

As with the previous week at the men's tournament, rain played havoc with the secondary draws on Friday. The main draws took place on the Old Fort indoor courts but the secondary draws all moved down the highway to Sewanee, Tennessee, and host Sewanee's indoor courts. A couple of Petrels picked up victories, though. 

Sophomore Halley Sickling advanced to the quarterfinals of the secondary draw with back-to-back wins on Friday while freshman Delaney Abood picked up a first round victory of her own before falling in the second round. Sickling will compete in the secondary quarterfinals Saturday morning as she looks to continue her run. Junior Ingrid Wilcox, freshman Charlotte Disley and senior Emma Bernard also competed in the secondary draw in Sewanee.

"It was kind of a tough day with the rain," said Head Coach Peter Howell, "but we did pick up several quality wins for our part. It was great to see wins from Caroline and Shannon in the main draw and Halley and Delaney in the B draw. We got a good look at the quality of play in this region and it is very competitive. Emory and Sewanee are clearly a notch above, but I think we have good depth throughout our region this year."

The secondary doubles draw and the various consolation draws were postponed until Saturday due to the rain.