ORLANDO, Fla.—Agnes Scott Tennis started off its spring break trip to Florida with three tight losses on Sunday and Monday. Two matches came down to the final court in losses to Roger Williams (R.I.) and St. Norbert (Wis.) with a hard-fought 8-1 defeat at the hands of RPI (N.Y.) sandwiched in between.
The Scotties (0-6) close out their trip on Tuesday with a match against SUNY-Geneseo at 3 p.m.
Roger Williams took the early lead with a win at third doubles before Agnes Scott countered back with an 8-6 triumph at the first flight by Lizzy Engsberg (Atlanta, Ga.) and Taylor Lee (Alpharetta, Ga.). The Scotties had a chance to secure a 2-1 advantage after doubles, but the Hawks tallied off eight of the final nine games at the second flight to win 9-8 in a tiebreak.
The Hawks went to the brink of victory with straight-set wins at fifth and sixth singles flights.
However, Agnes Scott staged a methodical comeback with impressive win at 1-3 to tie the match at four all.
RWU's Jessica Magliato shook off getting blanked in the first set by Camille Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio) to force a third with a 6-3 win. Magliato had just enough in the super tiebreak, 10-8, to claim victory for the Hawks.
The doubles action was highlighted by a humongous comeback at third doubles by the Scotties. Down 6-2, Jasmine Keiler (Newnan, Ga.) and Felicia Jacques (Atlanta, Ga.) rolled off six consecutive games to shock the Engineers while picking up a much-needed point for the Scotties.
RPI claimed victory by taking the first three singles results in straight sets.
Agnes Scott battled hard to try to grab another few points in the match, but RPI was able to overcome three first-set losses to win in third-set tiebreakers at 1, 2 and 5.
For the first time in 2018, Agnes Scott found a way to get a big boost with a lead after doubles play. Anastasia Bennett (Marietta, Ga.) and Wilson jumped out to a big lead at second doubles and never looked back with a strong 8-3 result. The Knights got a point back with an identical win at third doubles.
Agnes Scott's top duo also had a great showing with an 8-5 win, outlasting the Knights' top two players.
The Knights evened the overall score with a win at sixth singles, but Agnes Scott put themselves in perfect position to win its first of the season with gusty wins by Lee and Wilson at two and four respectively. Wilson came all the way back from a tough first set to beat Claire Hetzel in a third set.
However, St. Norbert roared all the way back to take the final three matches to stun the Scotties at the USTA National Campus.