Georgetown, Ky. – The Transylvania women's tennis team made it two-for-two in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchups to open up the 2018-19 campaign after Saturday morning's 7-2 match win against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers at Spindletop Court.
After the Pioneers swept doubles play against the Engineers, the Pioneers continued their mastery of Rose-Hulman into singles, picking up victories in four of six matches. Saturday's win propelled the Pioneers to a 2-0 HCAC record and a 2-3 record in overall dual matches this year.
The Pioneers have now won 16 of 18 possible matches in conference play to begin the season.
The morning was draped in success as freshmen Porsche Robinson and Jessica Burton collected an 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles versus Anna Thompson and Naomi Bhagat. Senior Kearstin Bruther and freshman Alyssa Igyarto battled to an 8-6 victory in No. 2 doubles while junior Merrick Irwin and sophomore Reagan Jobe held up their end of the bargain with an 8-2 win in No. 3 doubles to put the Pioneers on a winning track.
Transylvania ensured the day belonged to the host team as Robinson cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Thompson in No. 1 singles while Bruther prevailed over Beata Barati 6-1, 6-4 in No. 4 doubles to make the win official.
Igyarto captured a one-sided victory in No. 5 singles over Krista Manche, winning 6-0, 6-2 while sophomore Madison Campbell took a 6-2, 6-1 win against Kai Faulk in No. 6 singles.
With the victory, the Pioneers claimed their first win against Rose-Hulman since the 2013-2014 season, extinguishing a five-match losing streak versus the Engineers. The Pioneers last defeated Rose-Hulman 6-3 on September 22, 2013.
Transylvania will try to keep up its hot start when the Pioneers host the Hanover College Panthers in Lexington, Kentucky on Wednesday, September 26. The meet is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start.
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