Scots Close Spring Trip With Exciting 5-4 Win Over Edgewood

Sarah Duran
Sarah Duran
Emma Saxton
Emma Saxton

The outcome of The College of Wooster women's tennis team's final contest at Hilton Head Island, S.C. came down to the last match on the court, and first-year Emma Saxton pulled through to lift the Fighting Scots to a 5-4 win over Edgewood College on Tuesday evening.

Wooster (8-2) went 2-1 over its final three days of competition in South Carolina, and had just rallied itself back to take a 4-3 lead on Edgewood (14-4), thanks to first-year Meklit Minassie's 6-1, 6-3 win in the fifth flight. However, a win by Edgewood at No. 3 shifted all the attention to No. 6 singles. There, Saxton started strong and took set one 6-1 over Edgewood's Lydia Dean, only to have Dean rally back in set two, 6-2. Saxton rebounded to take the 10-game tiebreaker 10-7.

Earlier in the Edgewood match, junior Qingyue Li and sophomore Sarah Duran both improved to 8-0 this spring in singles with 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-3 wins out of flights one and two, respectively.

Duran and classmate Laura Haley picked up a point in doubles via an 8-3 decision at No. 1.

Wooster started its recent three-match stretch by knocking Southern Virginia University (6-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday morning.

In that match, Wooster picked up a pair of points in doubles with Li and junior Shannon Sertz taking the top flight over Rachel Neeleman and Rachel Christensen 8-2, and Duran and Haley winning by an identical score at No. 2.

Sertz's impressive stretch carried over to singles, where she didn't drop a game in the third flight, while Li only dropped two in the top flight during her 6-0, 6-2 triumph.

On Monday, Wooster was unable to hold off a late rally by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (9-4), which topped the Scots 5-4.

Li and Duran were the Scots' two double-winners on the day. Duran and Haley took the top flight in doubles 8-6. Li was part of the Scots' 8-3 win at No. 2.

In singles, Duran won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, while Li needed a third-set 10-game tiebreaker to pull past Kimberly Steinert, 2-6, 6-1, 10-4.

Wooster's idle until a 4:30 p.m. match at Otterbein University (8-2) on Friday, March 29.