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Ladies win 5 straight, get first seed

Ladies win 5 straight, get first seed

Annie Reiner ’19 plays against Ohio Northern University on April 24. Reiner won in the fifth singles position. Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics

Since turning in a 2-2 performance against nationally ranked competition at the Midwest Invitational on April 1, the Ladies have stepped up their game by winning their last five matches. These wins have brought their overall record to 13-9 (NCAC 3-0). Heading into the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament on Friday, the Ladies have secured the first seed.

The Ladies’ first win in their streak came against Allegheny College (6-12; 1-2) when they traveled to Meadville, Pa. on April 10 and beat the Gators 8-1. All the Ladies played strongly in their matches, but Jenna Murray ’17 delivered a particularly dominant performance at the third singles position, sweeping the match with a 6-1 win in each sets.

The Ladies next traveled to challenge the College of Wooster (3-17; 0-3) and claimed a 9-0 victory on April 13. Elise Altschuler ’16 caught fire at the sixth singles spot as she did not drop a game against her opponent, winning both sets 6-0. The second and third doubles teams of Maggie Sweeney ’19 and Grace Winslow ’18, and Diana Aboubakare ’18 and Murray, also played perfect matches, conquering their opponents 8-0.

Rounding out their stretch of matches on the road, the Ladies traveled to Oberlin College (12-9; 2-1) on April 16 to face off against the nationally 36th-ranked Yeowomen. Even though this was a tougher match, the Ladies still achieved victory, winning 6-3. Winslow again proved vital as she safely secured a point in the fifth singles position, winning 6-1, 6-0. She teamed up with Sweeney at second doubles to salvage a close 9-7 win.

The Ladies played their next two matches, against Ohio Wesleyan University (7-6; 1-2) and Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio; 16-3), on their home Vandenberg Courts. They won both by scores of 7-2 and 8-1, respectively.

In their last match on their home courts, many of the seniors showed strong performances against Ohio Northern University. Heather Fantry ’16 dominated her opponent in the sixth singles position, 6-1, 6-0. The Ladies’ third doubles team of Altschuler and Claire Cohen ’16 took down their competitors with ease, 8-0.

On Friday the Ladies travel to Granville, Ohio to take on Wittenberg University (5-15; 0-3) in the first round of the NCAC tournament.


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