The Scots Women’s Tennis team traveled to Georgia over April 8 through April 9 for three matches of conference play. The Lady Scots played back to back over the course of the weekend, facing off against two teams on Sunday, and dropped all three matches ending their conference play of the season.
The weekend opened with a face-off against Agnes Scott College on Saturday. This was the first time MC played Agnes Scott since switching to the USA South Conference. The Lady Scots fell early in the match, losing all three doubles courts. Going on into the singles lineup, Agnes Scott took all of the courts except for the number four seed court, where senior Tessa Wilcox defeated (MC) defeated Anastasia Bennett (ASC) 1-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Wilcox dropped the first set of the match, but came back strong in the second set winning it at 6-4 and splitting sets with Bennett. The two went on to play a grueling tie-breaking. Wilcox succeeded in the ten point tie-breaker, winning it at 10-5.
The Lady Scots traveled on to Macon, Ga. to face off against both Georgia Wesleyan College and Huntingdon College on Sunday, April 9. MC took to the courts at 10 a.m., and after playing around nine hours of tennis that day, fell to both Georgia Wesleyan and Huntingdon College.
In the first match against Georgia Wesleyan, the Scots started strong in doubles. With both the number one doubles seed and number two 2 doubles seed winning their courts. Number one Savannah Bain and Carter Dickinson (MC) defeated Emilie Leveille and Centara Nulf (WC) 8-3. Number two doubles was Wilcox and Katie Stephens who defeated Laura Harness and Keondria Epps at 8-3.
MC went into the singles with a 2-1 lead over WC, however, MC went on to drop all of the singles courts except the number five seeded court. MC senior player Stephens defeated Epps (WC) with a 6-3, 6-1 score to bring home the only singles win against WC.
The Lady Scots were given a short break in between their matches against WC and the number one conference seed Huntingdon College. The Lady Scots took to the courts, dropping all three doubles courts. The women tried to make a comeback in singles, but dropped all courts except the number 6 seed court with Joyce Coling (MC) defeating Diamond Branch (HC) 6-1, 6-1.
Despite the losses, returning players look ahead to the 2017- 2018 season.
“I know we had some upsets this year as it was a growing year for us, but we put everything we had into our matches,” said Dickinson. “I have high hopes about recruits for next year and hope that over the summer we all work hard to build up confidence in our strokes and ourselves to make 2018 a winning season!”