ATLANTA, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College tennis team were outclassed today on the road against Emory University, the defending national champions, 9-0. Emory (3-1) dictated play indoors, as the Scotties took the court for the first time since a week ago against Columbia College.
"This has been a strange week," commented head coach T.J. Greggs, "as the weather has been so poor that we have not been able to practice in over a week. That being said, I thought we did a great job today of just doing the best that we could against an incredible team."
The match, which was played indoors due to continued bad weather, began with doubles, as the #2 and #3 teams, comprised entirely of freshmen for the Scotties, both were able to take a game from the Eagles, who featured multiple regionally-ranked players in their lineup. Taylor Lee and Maddie Hoffman were able to hold serve early in their doubles match against the #4 team in the Atlantic South region, leveling their match at 1-1 before Emory took control. Anastasia Bennett and Camille Wilson also held in their first service game, before Emory would roll to an 8-1 victory at the #3 spot as well.
"This will sound like a cliche, but the scoreline really didn't tell the story of how our girls competed today," continued Greggs. "Our players really handled themselves well today out there, and made Emory work for every point."
In singles, Claire Rinaldo would manage a break of serve to start the second set of her match against Beatrice Rosen, the #2 player in the region, before falling 6-0, 6-1. Hoffman would also get on the board for the Scotties, taking two consecutive games from Julie Fowler (#6 in the Atlantic South region), en route to a 6-0, 6-2 loss. The other singles matches were all 6-0, 6-0 wins for the Eagles, but Coach Greggs praised his team's effort.
"All I ever ask from our players is to give 100%," finished Greggs, "and I can say without a doubt that our team went out there and fought as hard as they could. We were down 6-0, 5-0 and still hustling for balls and fighting. I am proud of our effort, and a match like this helps us see what we need to work on in the future."
The Scotties will return to action at home on Saturday, February 28, when they host Covenant College for an 11:00 a.m. matchup at the Byers Tennis Courts on campus.