WildCats Take ODAC Matchup

action photo of Hollins tennis player Valerie Sargeant hitting a backhand
Valerie Sargeant fell in a hard fought three set match at #4 singles

Lynchburg, VA - The Hollins tennis team made their third trip to the Lynchburg area when they faced off with Randolph College on Friday afternoon. Hollins came into the match looking to build on the momentum they gained after Wednesday's competitive match with Roanoke.

The WildCats got the afternoon off to a quick start with a win at #1 doubles. The other pair of doubles matches would be close in the closing stages of play. At #2, Amelia Verkerk and Sarah Jordan Snoddy found themselves down 6-5 before the Randolph team would break their serve and go on to take the match, 8-5. After picking up their third ODAC win in four tries against the Maroons, Olivia Dannon and Kateri Johnson were poised to make it four in a row, holding a 5-4 and 40-love advantage. However, the WildCats duo of Ranita Opoku-Sarfo and Kristyn Underwood would storm back to tie it a five games apiece. Hollins would never recover as the home team would rattle off four straight games to take the match, 8-5.

With all the momentum on their side, Randolph would own the individual matches. Verkerk would fall in the opener at the #2 spot before a rally would make it 5-5 in the second frame. Ashley Schmitz took the last two games for the 7-5 win. The closest match of the afternoon took place at #4 singles. Valerie Sargeant dropped the first set, 6-3, but found herself with the lead late in the second. After a Randolph rally would send it to a tie-breaker, Sargeant won the race to seven and forced a third and final set. With everyone watching, Sargeant and Sarah Mueller played long point after long point, but in the end it would be Mueller that would earn the win for her team, 10-4. 

Hollins will continue on the road tomorrow as they travel to stay in Williamsburg for the night before facing Virginia Wesleyan at 1:00pm on Sunday.