Colonels meet two nationally-ranked opponents on opening weekend

Colonels meet two nationally-ranked opponents on opening weekend

CLEVELAND – Centre women's tennis opened their spring season in Ohio Friday and Saturday, falling 9-0 at No. 18 Case Western Reserve before dropping an 8-1 decision at No. 38 Oberlin.

MATCH ONE: #18 Case Western Reserve 9, Centre 0

The Colonels were tested right away to start their spring, meeting No. 18 Case Western Reserve (3-1) at the Cleveland Skating Club Friday evening.

The Spartans swept the doubles action with three solid victories, including an 8-2 win from the regionally-ranked pair of Nithya Kanagasegar and Madeleine Paolucci against Centre's Aliza Williams (Cincinnati) and Abigail Kent (College Station, Texas) in No. 1.

A handful of Colonels competed well in singles, most notably Williams' three-set effort against Paolucci on court two. Centre's lone senior dropped the opening set, 6-0, but rallied to take the second, 7-5, before Paolucci took the tiebreak.

In No. 1 singles, Kent fell 6-1, 6-0 against the nationally-ranked senior Kanagasegar.

At No. 3, rookie Caroline Stallings (Clarksville, Md.) won a handful of games in a 6-3, 6-3 loss against Spartan freshman Mira Amin.

MATCH TWO:  #38 Oberlin 8, Centre 1

Centre traveled west Saturday morning to face 38th-ranked Oberlin in a true road match, putting together a strong showing belying the 8-1 final tally.

The Colonels' lone match victory came at No. 6 singles, where Zena Maddux (Hopkinsville, Ky.) outlasted Maja Shaw Todorovic 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) in a tough three-setter.

In doubles action, Williams and Kent took five games off of Oberlin's Jackie McDermott and Sarah Hughes before falling, 8-5.

Williams also had a tough battle in No. 2 singles before falling to Mayada Audeh, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Centre is back in action next weekend, hitting the road to face Kenyon (9 a.m. ET) and Ohio Wesleyan (2 p.m. ET) Saturday, Feb. 24.