COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Defiance College women's tennis team took a break from Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon as they traveled to Capital University. The two sides were evenly matched in both doubles and singles action, but the Crusaders were able to edge out the Yellow Jackets for the 5-4 victory.
Doubles action proved a good start for the Purple and Gold as they were able to win two of the three matches. Number one doubles featuring the senior duo of Hannah Hesterman (Archbold / Archbold) and Cayla Walker (Archbold / Archbold) gave their opponents a battle, taking the set to an extra game, but fell 9-7. Number two and three doubles found success for the Yellow Jackets as A.J. Breneman (Bryan / Bryan) and Chelsey Braunwart (Trenton / Edgewood) were able to coast to an 8-3 win, their second victory in as many matches. Sydney Huston (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence) and Alexa St. Julian (Oregon / Clay) were victorious by a score of 8-5, their first win as doubles partners during the 2018 season.
The Yellow Jackets took the 2-1 lead into singles action where the Crusaders were able to achieve more success. Hesterman earned her third victory of the year with a 6-3, 7-5 win. Breneman battled through two tiebreaks in her match before falling 7-6, 7-6 in number two singles. Walker earned the other singles victory for the Yellow Jackets, defeating her Crusader opponent 7-6, 6-1. In number four singles, Huston earned four games in the first set before being swept 6-0 in the second. Braunwart pressured Capital's Archibald in number five singles but couldn't quite break her opponent, ultimately falling 7-5, 6-4. Rylea Amspaugh (Nashport / Lakewood) won the first set of number six singles 6-4, before dropping the second by the same scoreline. The junior headed to a decisive third set before falling 6-2.
The defeat drops the women's tennis team's record to 2-7 on the season. The Yellow Jackets will take their 1-2 HCAC record into action on Wednesday afternoon, as they play host to Earlham College at 4:30 pm.