Bridgewater, VA - The Hollins tennis team returned to action over two weeks since her last match when they traveled to face Bridgewater College on Thursday afternoon. It marked the first time the team would face outside competition since her trip to Hilton Head over Spring Break and it was the first of back-to-back Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matches in as many days.
The afternoon started with a lot of wind and all three doubles teams for the Green and Gold racing out to early advantages. However, the wind died down and the play of the host Eagles seized control of the trio of matches and after the round of pairs concluded, Bridgewater enjoyed a 3-0 lead. In singles play, the home standing Eagles wrapped up the match with wins at #1, #2, #4, and #6. At the #5 spot, Olivia Dannon lost the opening set, 6-2, but played her opponent game for game deep into the second set before falling, 6-4, to Shannon Quinn. The final match to be decided was a tight affair at the #3 position. Dannon's doubles partner, Kateri Johnson, dropped the first set 6-3 and faced a 4-5 deficit in the second. Johnson battled back and the set was tied at 6-6 and heading to a seven point tie-breaker. In the breaker, Johnson would take a quick 3-0 advantage before Nicole Shifflett would rally to tie the score at 4-4. Johnson would see her lead disappear but came back to take the final two points and even the match at one set apiece with a 7-5 tie-breaker win. This time it was Shifflett that enjoyed the early lead, 4-2, at the change over of the 10 point tie-breaker. Johnson would see her deficit grow to four points, 7-3, before a rally would tighten the set, 7-5. However, in the end Shifflett would hold on for the 10-5 third set win to finish the match.
Hollins will return to her home courts tomorrow afternoon when they play host to Emory & Henry at 3:30pm. The match was moved up a day to beat the dreary forecasted weather that is scheduled to hit the Roanoke Valley on Saturday.