SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Agnes Scott College tennis team saw their nine-match winning streak come to an end, as they fell in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament, falling to #12 Sewanee, 5-0.
The Tigers (18-5), who are the #3 seed in the regional, were tested by the Scotties (10-5) in the doubles, but their power was simply too much for the Scotties to handle.
"Sewanee is a great team," commented Scottie head coach T.J. Greggs, "but we really did challenge them in the doubles, and the team played with a lot of heart and they truly enjoyed the experience."
In the doubles, each of the Agnes Scott teams dropped 8-2 decisions to their Sewanee counterparts. In the first meeting between the teams earlier in the season, Sewanee rested some of their top players, and the Scotties were only able to manage two games total in the doubles.
"Today shows that we have really been improving as we go along," continued Greggs, "and I saw some of the best doubles from our team the entire season. They have the #2 doubles team in the entire Atlantic South region, and we got two games off of them at the top spot, and had some really entertaining points."
The singles was a more straightforward affair, as the Tigers took wins at the #3 and #5 positions to close the match out, 5-0, and advance to face Washington University of St. Louis. The match marked the end of the careers of senior co-captains Anne Rinaldo and Claire Rinaldo, who were integral in the team's success this season.
"I told the team after the match that there will never be another 'Anne and Claire'," finished Greggs. "They are truly inspiring student-athletes, and I am going to miss them tremendously next season."
The Scotties will return five starters in the 2015-16 season, including Great South Athletic Conference freshman of the year, Maddie Hoffman.