SEWANEE, Tenn. --- The Huntingdon women’s tennis team enjoyed perhaps its best-ever showing at the USTA/ITA South Region Championships this weekend, winning 16 total in singles and doubles matches between the eight participants that represented the Lady Hawks.
The 16 matches won ties last season’s win total, as Huntingdon won 16 matches at the tournament in 2009, which marked the best showing by the Lady Hawks.
Competing for the Lady Hawks was senior Kristin McDaniel, juniors Jaclyn Crossman and Christian Vick, and sophomores Katie Scott and LaTara Lofton, including freshmen Taylor Claire Bean, Kati Bryant and Hannah Creamer made their collegiate debut.
Highlighting the tournament for the Lady Hawks was the play of sophomore Katie Scott, who advanced to the quarterfinals of singles in the main draw, before being defeated by No. 1 overall seed, Gabrielle Clark of Emory. Scott’s quarterfinal accomplishment marks the best Lady Hawk finish in the Singles Main Draw, during the USTA/ITA Regional Championship.
Scott opened the tournament with a straight-set victory over Methodists’ Laura Baker, 6-1, 6-4. She followed with a 6-0, 6-3, win over Jayme Danielson of Oglethorpe. In the contest against Michelle Flume of the host team, Scott continued to the next round by winning 7-5, 7-5. No. 1 seed Clark ended Scott’s run with two straight 6-0 matches.
McDaniel also competed in the main singles draw, falling in the opening round to Karolyn Hays of Centre, 7-5, 6-0. Crossman dropped her lone match of the draw, falling to Emory’s Taylor Brandt, 6-1, 6-0. Despite the defeat, Crossman was able to pick up a win in Doubles B with Bryant over Spelman, before falling to host Sewanee. Creamer was defeated by Alice Havner of Rhodes, 6-1, 6-1, in her opener in the main draw.
Creamer was able to win the Consolation Main Group 2 bracket, by winning three straight matches. The wins came over Mississippi College’s Molly Nicholas, Danielle Patton of Agnes Scott and host teams Meredith Lawrence, 8-4, 9-8, 8-5, respectively.
In the Singles Atlantic Draw, Vick advanced to the semifinals by winning her first two matches, before falling to eventual champion Kathleen Catherall from Sewanee. Lofton dropped her first match in the Atlantic Draw to Centre’s Sarah Swauger.
McDaniel and Vick won by default over Mayfield and Denver from Centre, before falling 8-1 to McManigle and Dawson of Emory, which were the number one seed in Doubles. Scott and Creamer dropped their first match to Millsaps’ Brown and Williams, 8-2.
Bean picked up a victory over Spelman’s Leah Howard, 8-4, before being defeated by Spelman’s Tyler Clark in the next round, 8-2, of the Singles Consolation South Group 2.
Emory’s Zahra Dawson beat No. 1 seed teammate Clark for the main singles draw title, and later Dawson teamed with Lorne McManigle to win the doubles draw.