FREDERICKSBURG, Va.- The Sweet Briar College tennis team wrapped up its fall season with play at the 2017 ITA Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
Facing the toughest competition in the 11-state region, the Vixens proved they have made great strides under first-year Head Coach Dustin Hale. "Our girls played tough all weekend and held some tight matches against ranked opposition. We lost a lot of deuce games, but overall it was a great experience."
Sophomore Emily Wandling played in the 64-seed Championship Singles tournament and after dropping her opening match to Katie Lai of Carnegie Mellon University, she rallied back to win twice in the consolation bracket. Wandling started by taking down Ursinus College's Aileen BeVard, 8-6. Her next opponent was Alexandra Drye of Christopher Newport and Wandling won the match, 8-5. The consolation bracket play was never completed, so Wandling ended the tournament with a 2-1 record.
First-year GraceAnne Piner lost her first match in the Court 4 Singles tournament to Salisbury University's Ariana Leggio. Piner rebounded in the consolation bracket, where she bested McDaniel College's Brenna Gutshall, 8-1, and easily got past Hannah Mattson of Averett University, 8-1. Like Wandling's consolation bracket, Piner's bracket did not finish play on Sunday and she ended the tournament with a 2-1 record.
SBC tennis will now finish fall condition and turn their focuses to their traditional spring season, which gets underway on February 20, 2018. That's when the Vixens will debut on their newly renovated courts and host 27-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion Washington and Lee University.