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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Tennis team took on both Rhodes College and Hardin-Simmons over the weekend picking up a split, which included a 6-3 win over Hardin-Simmons.
With the split the Purple & Gold improve to 2-3.
Match 1 (Rhodes – L, 7-2)
Doubles were a battle to start the match off. The lone win came at the top spot for Whittier from Kindall Yeung (Brea, Calif.) and Amanda Rodriguez (Glendora, Calif.) winning 8-7. But not to be overlooked was the play at No. 2 and No. 3.
Avery Turner (Austin, TX) and Madeline Schmidt-Perez (San Marino, Calif.) fought hard in the No. 2 slot but couldn't overcome an early break falling 8-6. Then at No. 3, Kallysta Lopez (Whittier, Calif.) and Kiara Embrey (Los Angeles, Calif.) stayed close early but couldn't stay up with Dallas Bennett and Caroline Yarborough losing 8-5.
In singles the Poets lost five of six with their second point coming off the racquet of Lopez at No. 5 winning 6-3, 7-5 over Tricia Seilco. Embrey looked like she would pick up her second win of the season at No. 6 fighting back after losing the opening set 6-4 to level the match at 7-5. But in the third set super tiebreaker she couldn't get on top early falling 10-7.
Yeung played No. 1 and after losing the opening frame 6-0 she fought back to get four games in the second. Rodriguez was consistent at No. 2 but couldn't find a break falling 6-2, 6-3. Turner who has found her spot at No. 4 was unable to get a footing with Bennett as she too fell 6-2, 6-3.
Match 2 (Hardin-Simmons ; W, 6-3)
Whittier flipped the script in their second match taking two of three doubles against the Cowgirls. Yeung and Rodriguez got things going with a lopsided 8-1 victory at No. 1 and were followed by Lopez and Embrey at No. 3 winning 8-1 as well. Sandwiched in between was Schmidt-Perez and Turner who fell 8-6 at No. 2 giving Hardin-Simmons life.
In singles Whittier continued to roll taking wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, and No. 5.
Yeung moved quickly taking her match at No. 1 in straights 6-1, 6-2 and was followed by Rodriguez in the No. 2 slot cruising to the 6-0, 6-1 victory. Schmidt-Perez kept it going at No. 3 edging Emily Shaffer 6-4, 6-4 and Lopez followed with a straight sets win over Kyra Mobley 6-3, 6-3.
Turner had an opportunity to get another singles win on the season. She again played No. 4 and won the opening set 6-4 but she couldn't hold it as she fell 6-2 in the second and 10-7 in the third set super tiebreaker.
Whittier returns to the court today, Tuesday, March 11 with an exhibition match against Southwest Missouri State beginning at 5:00pm.