ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's tennis program has been on the rise this season and picked up a non-conference win in the final match of the season on Friday against Ohio Wesleyan by the final score of 5-4. The victory set a single season record with 10 wins and it was one of the most exciting matches of the season for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs fell behind 2-1 after doubles. The lone doubles victory came at the No. 3 position where Justine Hanson and Kathryn Van Wormer battled back to take an 8-6 victory and get the Bulldogs on the board with their first point.
Singles play started rocky for the Bulldogs as Hanson and Haley Freilino fell to put the Bulldogs behind 4-1 with only four matches remaining. Victoria Watson answered with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles over Ellie Magner. Moments later Morgan Spencer split sets at No. 3 singles after dropping the first 6-2 and battled back to win the second set 6-2 and the tiebreaker 11-9 to bring the team score back to 4-3.
The attention turned to the No. 1 and No. 2 singles courts who were still in the middle of action. Arielle Williams picked up a huge victory at No. 1 singles by defeating Whitney Lonnemann 7-5, 6-2 to make it 4-4. Freshman Kylee Bezeau at No. 2 singles fell in the first set 7-5, but rallied back to win the second set 6-4. The match came down to a 10-point tiebreaker which Bezeau never trailed in and clinched the match 10-7 to give the Bulldogs their school record win.
Spencer had the best dual match singles record this season at 10-7. Spencer and Williams also posted five doubles wins to lead the team.
"This had to be one of our best matches of the year where we showed a lot of fight and heart," said head coach Adam Albertsen. "After being down 4-1 with only four courts still playing we needed the girls to step up and they answered. Tori, Morgan and Arielle helped get us back into the match and give us the chance. I am really proud of how Kylee kept it together and pulled out the win with all the pressure that came down to her match."
"The team took a step forward this year in conference play and our overall record. We played a tougher schedule this season and were really tested. There is still tons of room to grow and improve next year and I think the women can really build off this season."