Long Trip Ends In Marathon Match

action photo of Hollins tennis player Amelia Verkerk hitting a forehand from the baseline
Amelia Verkerk picked up a win at #2 singles against VWU

Virginia Beach, VA - The Hollins tennis team made her last road trip of the spring season over the weekend. After returning late Friday night from a matchup with Randolph, Hollins boarded the van to make the long trek to the eastern shore to face Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.

The team started their journey on Saturday afternoon as they made a stop over in Williamsburg in advance of facing the Marlins the next day. In doubles play, the number one duo of Jhovanna Salmeron and Kate Woodruff played a solid match, playing their Marlin opponents point for point. As the match played out, the longest of the three tandem matchups, Virginia Wesleyan finally wrestled away control in sweeping Hollins and taking a 3-0 advantage. 

As the match switched to individual play, Hollins found themselves playing from behind much of the afternoon. At #2 singles, Amelia Verkerk dropped the first set before seizing control of the action. Verkerk took a big lead in the second set with the match seemingly heading towards a deciding tie-breaker. However, Her VWU opponent was forced to retire due to an injury allowing Verkerk to pick up Hollins first win of the day. With all of the other action finished, Kateri Johnson was holding a one set to love lead and locked in a tight second frame with Courtney Simmons. Johnson pushed the match to the brink before Simmons staved off a match point en rout to winning three straight games and forcing a tie-breaker. Johnson would fall behind 8-4 in the 10 point third set before she started a rally. Six consecutive points allowed Johnson to take the tie-breaker and end the long afternoon of tennis.

Hollins next scheduled match is Saturday at home against Shenandoah.