Women’s tennis battles two foes in the Buckeye State

Women’s tennis battles two foes in the Buckeye State

GAMBIER, Ohio – A shorthanded Centre women's tennis squad dropped a pair of matches in Ohio Saturday, falling 9-0 against No. 30 Kenyon before losing 6-3 against Ohio Wesleyan.

MATCH ONE: #30 Kenyon 9, Centre 0

Facing their third nationally-ranked opponent in the past three matches, the short-handed Colonels fell behind early after dropping all three doubles matches.

Kenyon's 11th-ranked tandem of Erika Oku and Diana Aboubakare began the morning with an 8-0 victory against Centre's Caroline Stallings (Clarksville, Md.) and Emily Zelichenok (Louisville, Ky.) at No. 1.

Centre's No. 2 duo of Abigail Kent (College Station, Texas) and Zena Maddux (Hopkinsville, Ky.) took three games, but ultimately fell 8-3 to the Ladies' Grace Winslow and Maggie Sweeney.

In singles, Zelichenok won the first set in No. 3 against Ilana Blackwood, 6-4, before Blackwood returned the favor in set two. The Kenyon … would win a close tiebreak, however, 10-7.

MATCH TWO: OWU 6, Centre 3

The Colonels fared better in their second match, picking up a doubles win and a pair of singles victories.

Maddux and Kent teamed up to hand Butterworth and Simmons an 8-3 defeat in No. 2 doubles.

In singles action, Stallings pulled out a tough 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6) three-set win against D'A on court two.

Maddux also earned a three-set victory, defeated Reams by a 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7) decision in No. 4 singles.

Centre is off until next Saturday, Mar. 3, when it faces Campbellsville at 1 p.m. ET.