- One Northwest Conference Tournament (2017)
ORLANDO --- The George Fox women's tennis team fell to William Smith College and SUNY New Paltz on the first day of the spring break trip in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday.
Match One vs. William Smith
William Smith swept doubles play to take an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. Jillian Studer and Taylor Morris fell at the No. 1 spot, 8-2, while Sophia Lawrence and Laney Search dropped their match 8-4 at the No. 2 spot. Alyssa Byde and Emily Brink put up a strong fight at the No. 3 spot, but fell in an 8-4 match to Katelyn Nguyen and Charlotte Engelbrecht.
The Herons clinched the match in singles play, but Lawrence was able to grab the Bruins' lone point. The sophomore bested Maggie Bonomo, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot. Despite the 8-1 score, the Bruins had a lot of close matches throughout singles play. Morris and Byde took their matches to three sets but weren't able to get over the hump. Morris fell at the No. 5 spot, 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 (3-10), while Byde lost her match at the No. 6 spot, 5-7, 6-3, 0-1 (8-10).
The Herons beat the Bruins, 8-1.
Match Two vs. SUNY New Paltz
The Bruins were back on the courts a couple of hours later with the undefeated Hawks of SUNY New Paltz. Coming into the match, the Hawks held a perfect 12-0 record on the season.
Trailing 2-1 going into singles, the Hawks pounced on the Bruins with two quick points at No. 6 and No. 2 to take a 4-1 advantage. The Hawks sealed the victory at the No. 2 spot and grabbed another win at No. 5 to increase their lead to 6-1. Search showed her toughness at the No. 3 spot in singles, taking her match to three sets. She fell in the first set, 2-6, but quickly rallied in the second set with a 6-4 victory to force the extra set. Search showed no signs of slowing down in the final set to give the Bruins their lone point in singles play.
The Hawks beat the Bruins, 7-2.
What It Means:
The Bruins start their Orlando trip at 0-2 and fall to 3-9 on the season.
What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to bounce back with a single match on Friday, Mach 22, against St. Lawrence at 8 am (EST).