STEUBENVILLE—Franciscan University's homecoming weekend was too much to handle for the Lady Baron tennis team. It hosted La Roche College—an Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference team it beat four weeks ago—on Sunday afternoon and suffered a 4-5 loss. It was the biggest crowd of spectators at a home match this season; alumni, parents, and students came to support the Lady Barons on the unusually hot and sunny autumn day.
"They girls from La Roche came to play, and they earned the win," Lady Baron head coach Jenna Lynch said. "My girls didn't earn it. They let the heat get to them, they let the weekend get to them, and they didn't play up to their full potential."
In singles play, Jen Winkle won at the No. 1 seed, 6-3, 6-2. Mary O'Brien won at the No. 4 seed, 6-1, 6-3. Jessica Bestgen played No. 6 singles for the second time since coming back from an injury; she won in extended play, 6-0, 0-6, 6-4. Hannah Pettit suffered her first loss of the season in singles play, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 5 seed.
"It was a really hectic weekend," said Lynch. "Everybody was busy and we lost focus. We're going to spend the next week getting into the right mental frame of mind for the AMCC Championship."
Franciscan University holds an overall record of 10-3 on the season, and finished AMCC play last week, ending the regular season 7-1. The Lady Barons will host Westminster College on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 4:00 p.m. It will be their last match before the AMCC Championship match on Saturday, October 15.