BRADFORD, Pa.—Franciscan University's women's tennis team returned home with something to be proud of Sunday afternoon when the Lady Barons with a defeat over the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The 5-4 victory marks the first win for the Lady Barons this season, both overall and in the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).
Marylou Kiley won the No. 1 singles round with a score of 12-6, and Jen Winkle took the victory for No. 2 singles when she beat Pitt-Bradford's Natalie Freed with a final score of 12-5.
"Jen was cautious at first," remarked Coach Jenna Lynch, "but she really moved her opponent around the court and had some great closing shots."
The No. 3 and No. 5 singles seeds were also wins for Franciscan thanks to Alanna Murray and Hannah Petit, respectively. The only doubles team to attain a victory on Sunday was Kaylene Godnick and Hannah Petit, winning with a score of 8-2.
Though both the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams lost due to trouble communicating and adjusting to new partners, Coach Lynch is confident in her team.
"The girls will do well this season," Coach Lynch said after a tough season opener against Penn State Behrend the previous day. "Our goal is to meet the tougher teams at the championships."
The Lady Barons will gear up again to play their third consecutive away game against Bethany College on Tuesday, September 6, at 4 p.m. They will head into the nonconference match with an AMCC record of 1-1.