ATLANTA, Ga. - Agnes Scott came within a match of pulling off a major upset, as they fell on the road to Oglethorpe University (6-3) by a score of 5-4. The Stormy Petrels are currently ranked #13 in the Atlantic South Region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Of their four losses, the Scotties (4-4) have dropped three to regionally-ranked opponents.
In the doubles, Oglethorpe's top duo of Caroline Johnson and Hannah Datillo proved why they are currently the #8 doubles team in the region, sweeping past the dup of Taylor Lee and Lizzy Engsberg, 8-0, to put the home team ahead, 1-0. The Scotties evened the match when juniors Maddie Hoffman and Camille Wilson came back from a 3-1 deficit to rattle off 7 straight games and take out Halley Sickling and Shannon Cruz, 8-3, at the No. 2 spot. The most competitive match of the doubles was at No. 3, where both teams held serve for the first ten games before Oglethorpe was able to break serve and go on to win, 8-5, giving them a 2-1 lead entering singles.
In singles, Olivia Rivas and Wilson, at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively, both claimed the first sets of their matches, while the Scotties fell in the first set at the top 4 spots. Oglethorpe would build a 4-1 lead as they closed out matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, leaving the Scotties needing to win the final 4 matches left on court. At the top spot, Hoffman and Johnson had several momentum swings, but eventually Johnson was able to hold off the comeback attempt by Hoffman, winning 6-4, 6-3 to give the Stormy Petrels an insurmountable 5-1 lead.
To their credit, the Scotties fought back at the final three matches to claim victories. Wilson closed out her match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, over Charlotte Disley, and Engsberg and Rivas both triumphed in 10-point tiebreakers. Engsberg fought back from a 6-2, 3-1 hole to take out Datillo at the No. 2 spot, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(7), while Rivas rebounded from a rough second set, winning 6-3, 0-6, 1-0(4) over Delaney Abood at No. 5.
The Scotties enter the bulk of their conference season on Friday, as they travel to preseason favorite, Covenant College, for a 4:00 pm matchup. The Scots are currently ranked #18 in the Atlantic South Region.