DECATUR, Ga. - Agnes Scott tennis dropped to 2-2 on the season with a 7-2 loss to Berry College (1-0) this afternoon at Byers Tennis Courts on the campus of the Scotties. Playing without two of their starters, the Scotties were still able to have a competitive match with the Vikings, who are the #12 team in the Atlantic South region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
In the doubles, all three pairs for the Scotties were playing together for the first time. At the top spot, Taylor Lee and Lizzy Engsberg battled with the senior pair of Mary Cerny and Lauren Byrket, before falling, 8-5. The duo from Berry have played together for four seasons as doubles partners. At the No. 2 spot, Camille Wilson and Olivia Rivas paired up for the first time, racing to a 4-1 lead before eventually falling, 9-7. Isabel Zhao and Anling Kaplan saw their first varsity action of the season, falling at the No. 3 spot.
In singles, Cerny took down Lee at the top spot, 6-2, 6-0, and Kaplan and Zhao both fell in 8-0 matches at the No. 5 and 6 spots, respectively. The other three matches were all tight affairs, as each had to be decided in the 3rd set tiebreaker. Engsberg upset Byrket at the No. 2 singles spot, winning 1-6, 6-3, 1-0(8). Byrket had a record of 12-3 at the No. 2 spot last season for the Vikings. Rivas also pulled out a three-set marathon, taking out Sage Havrilla, 1-6, 6-2, 1-0(8) at No. 4 singles. Wilson would be the final match completed, falling 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(6) to Kelsey McCray at the No. 3 spot.
"I am pleased with the effort put forth by our team today," commented head coach T.J. Greggs, "and I think we did a great job of competing with the players that we had."
The Scotties will return to action on Tuesday, March 14, as they face off with another SAA opponent, Millsaps, during the PTR Spring Tennisfest event in Hilton Head Island, S.C.