Mar 02, 2018
The Oglethorpe women's team lost to NAIA opponent Reinhardt on a chilly day at Howell Courts by the score of 7-2. In doubles, all three matches were tight, with Reinhardt taking two out of three. At No. 1 doubles, senior Caroline Johnson and sophomore Hannah Datillo fell by the score of 9-7. The Petrels picked up a point at No. 2 doubles, as juniors Charlotte Disley and Shannon Cruz prevailed 8-6. At No. 3, senior Halley Sickling and sophomore Elizabeth Bielicki were defeated 9-7.
In singles play, Johnson won the first set at No. 1, 6-3, before dropping the next two sets 6-4, 6-3. Dattilo was defeated at No. 2 by the score of 6-4, 6-2. At No. 3, Cruz picked up a win, defeating her opponent 6-3, 6-2. Reinhardt swept the final three singles matches, though. They defeated sophomore Taylor Cranford 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4, then took the No. 5 match from junior Delaney Abood 6-1, 6-3. The Eagles swept freshman Lisette Phillips 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.
"I thought we had a well-played match," head coach Peter Howell said. "If we had gotten a break in one of those two doubles matches, the complexion of the match might have changed. As it was, though, they did what they needed to do to put away five of the six singles matches. I thought the women played well overall, though, and this match will help us prepare for some tough matches coming up."
The Petrels are now 1-1 on the year, and the team will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, on Saturday for several spring break matches. They will be playing five matches in four days against teams from throughout the country, starting with a match against Coe on Sunday at 4 p.m.