GEORGETOWN - The No. 31 Southwestern University Pirates had a tough day in doubles and ultimately fell to No. 19 Trinity, 6-3, before returning later that night and defeating McMurry, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon at Marvin D. Henderson Courts.
It was a tough start in doubles as the Tigers took some much needed momentum into singles as they swept all three courts for a 3-0 lead.
"We didn't play good doubles at all and put ourselves in a hole right away," said Head Coach Billy Porter. "The errors were just too many for us to overcome."
Southwestern began to turn it around as they came out ready to compete in singles. Sophomore Mary Cardone earned a 6-3, 7-5 win at one singles while junior Anna Schneemann picked up a tough 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Cecile Wilde earned a nice win at No. 6 singles by the score of 6-3, 7-6 (5).
"Absolutely loved what we did in singles getting the split and being in range with the other three," said Porter. "Mary had a huge win over a player ranked ahead of her in the rankings and am very proud of her pulling out that rollercoaster second set."
Southwestern responded with an absolute dominant performance over the War Hawks. THe Pirates rebounded nicely in doubles, cruising in all three matches as seniors Nicole Wilson and Maranda Kahl opened with an 8-0 win at three doubles. Senior Julie Swets and freshman Esther Bowers added an 8-1 win at two doubles while Cardone and Schneemann had an 8-0 win at one doubles.
"We played outstanding doubles and was very pleased how we came out after a tough loss this morning," said Porter. "The maturity of our team responded well and I am pleased with that."
Bowers and Schneemann opened singles with a pair of 6-1, 6-0 wins at four and three singles while junior Taite Drews-Jones earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at two singles. Cardone cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win at one singles while freshman Mariana Quetzeri won 6-1, 6-1 at five singles and Wilde closed it with a 6-0, 6-1 win at six singles.
"Taite got a good win," said Porter. "That was something she needed and I thought she played a solid match overall."
For Southwestern, it was their final regular season matches of the season and their final home games of the year. They sent four seniors out with a victory in the nightcap over McMurry.
"So happy to send off the senior class with a win for their final home match," said Porter. "Our program is so blessed to have the 2014 recruiting class as they are the foundation of our success."
Southwestern concludes a great regular season at 12-5 and will head to Colorado Springs on Friday to compete at the SCAC Championships.