2017 Tennis Season Opens With Visit From Lynchburg

Kateri Johnson and Casey Mahan lost a heartbreaking tie breaker, 8-9 (2-7), at #3 doubles
Kateri Johnson and Casey Mahan lost a heartbreaking tie breaker, 8-9 (2-7), at #3 doubles

Roanoke, VA - The 2017 Hollins spring tennis season got started on Wednesday afternoon when Lynchburg College came to town for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matchup. The Hornets were picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches poll while Hollins was tabbed 11th.

The afternoon got started with a trio of doubles matches, all won by the visitors from Lynchburg. After winning at #1 doubles, the Hornets had to hold off a late surge by Amelia Verkerk and Sarah Jordan Snoddy at #2doubles. Verkerk and Snoddy pulled to with 5-6, but the Lynchburg team won the final two games for the 8-5 win. At #3 doubles, Kateri Johnson and Casey Mahan enjoyed a comfortable early advantage. The Hornets came back to take the lead late, but Johnson and Mahan battled back to tie the match at 9-9 and force a seven point tie-breaker. In the breaker,Hollins would trade points early but a 5-0 run would allow the Lynchburg duo to pull away and secure the 10-9 victory. 

In singles play, Johnson was once again involved in the longest match of the session. After falling in the first set, 4-6, the first-year battled back to take the second, 6-3, and force a tie breaker. Trailing 9-7 in the 10 point tie breaker, Johnson scored five of the next six points to take the match, 12-10. At #3 singles, Verkerk used steady play to outlast her opponent 7-5 and 6-4. Lynchburg won the remaining singles matches to earn the ODAC victory, 7-2.