Emory, VA - In a crucial showdown for teams looking to secure a berth in the 2017 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tennis Tournament, Hollins traveled to Emory & Henry on Friday afternoon. The winner would move into the top eight in the conference, with the loser on the outside looking in for a spot in the tournament.
The home standing Wasps took each of the three doubles matches to take a lead into individual competition. In singles play, Hollins was able to earn victories at #3 and #4 to close the gap. Amelia Verkerk survived a first set, tie breaker (7-6) and carried her momentum into the second set, where she posted a 6-0 win to take the match. At the #4 spot, Htet Myat San picked up a straight sets win by besting her opponent 6-3 and 6-4. The pivotal match took place at the top of the individual matchups. Jhovanna Salmeron dropped the first frame but rallied to force a third set tie-breaker with a 6-2 win. In the tie-breaker, the two conference foes were tied at 12-12 before E&H's Lauren Riner won consecutive points to take the match. After wins at #2, #5, and #6, Emory & Henry took the match, 7-2.
Next up for Hollins will be a visit from Bridgewater College on Monday afternoon.
Emory & Henry 7, Hollins University 2
Mar 31, 2017 at Bristol, Tenn. (Bristol Racquet & Fitness Club)
|1. Lauren Riner (E&HW) def. Jhovanna Salmeron (HU) 6-0, 2-6, 1-0 (14-12)|
|2. Liz Graham (E&HW) def. Olivia Dannon (HU) 6-1, 6-2|
|3. Amelia Verkerk (HU) def. Savanna Summers (E&HW) 7-6, 6-0|
|4. Htet Myat San (HU) def. Bri Pierce (E&HW) 6-3, 6-4|
|5. Katie Meade (E&HW) def. Kateri Johnson (HU) 6-0, 7-5|
|6. Kaitlyn Sheaves (E&HW) def. Sarah Jordan Snoddy (HU) 6-0, 6-2|
|1. Lauren Riner/Liz Graham (E&HW) def. Jhovanna Salmeron/Htet Myat San (HU) 8-2|
|2. Savanna Summers/Bri Pierce (E&HW) def. Amelia Verkerk/Sarah Jordan Snoddy (HU) 8-3|
|3. Kaitlyn Sheaves/Katie Meade (E&HW) def. Kateri Johnson/Casey Mahan (HU) 8-3|
|Hollins University 2-9 (1-5 ODAC)|
|Emory & Henry 4-8 (1-3 ODAC)