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Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season At WildCat Invite

Whitney Kiser

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College women's tennis team competed against Sweet Briar, Lynchburg and host Randolph College at the WildCat Invite on Saturday.

The Eagles won two flights in singles competition.

In Flight 2, Whitney Kiser won her first match 6-4, 6-4 over Lynchburg's Halle Lavieri. Kiser took the title match with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 victory over Randolph's Aubrey Hawn.

Rachel Zarin took the title in Flight 5 action. Zarin won her opener over Randolph's Samantha Dickerson 6-1, 7-5 and then defeated Lynchburg's Reagan Coon in a tough contest 6-4, 7-5.

Ashley Price in Flight 4 and Rachel Crawford in Flight 6 also played for titles. Price lost to Lynchburg's Lilli Altenburg 6-1, 6-2 in the Flight 4 title round. Crawford won her first match in Flight 6 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sweet Briar's Madeleine Young, but lost the title match to Lynchburg's Caroline Guill 7-5, 6-2.

Shannon Quinn lost her first match in Flight 3 to Randolph's Ashley Schmitz 6-4, 6-2 but bounced back to win her consolation match over Sweet Briar's Samantha Yew 6-4. 6-4.

Bridgewater's Zarin and Crawford paired up to win the title at No.3 doubles. The Bridgewater duo opened with a close 9-7 win over Lynchburg's Altenburg and Ellen Druebbisch. The Eagles had another close match in the final, defeating Randolph's Lauren Appel and Karli Winston 8-6.

At the No. 1 doubles flight, Bridgewater's Jamiah Lewis and Kiser lost a tough 9-8 match to Randolph's Keyu Jin and Aubrey Hawn. The Bridgewater duo bounced back to win their consolation match 8-0 over Sweet Briar's Emily Wandling and GraceAnne Piner.

Price and Quinn played for the title in Flight 2 doubles. The Eagles duo defeated Sweet Briar's Anna Colvin and Samantha Yew in their first match. In the title round, the Eagles lost to Randolph's Ashley Schmitz and Sarah Mueller in a tiebreaker, 9-8.