BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The No. 5 seeded Virginia Wesleyan Marlins slipped past No. 4 Bridgewater, 5-4, Sunday afternoon in the first round of the ODAC Women's Tennis Tournament.
The Marlins took a 2-1 lead after doubles play and then managed to salvage the split they needed in the singles matches to move to tournament semifinals where they will meet the No. 1 seed, Washington and Lee.
The Marlins forged ahead with wins in the remaining two doubles. At No. 2, Victoria Ryherd and Mia Proctor downed Brittany Wilson and Olivia Stone 8-4. At No. 3 doubles, Hannah Parent and Rachel Calkins slipped past Miranda Donovan and Rita Murphy 8-6.
Ryherd stopped O'Bryan 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Parent defeated Stone 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 position.
For the Eagles, Donovan blanked Calkins 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 6 slot. When Bridgewater's Jessie Mitchell walked off the court with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Bittner, the Marlins held a 4-3 lead with two matches still in progress and both of those were moving into a third set.
At No. 1 singles, Gordon took the first set from Yousif 6-2, but the Marlins top player evened the match by taking the second set 6-1. Gordon held on to win the final set, 6-4, tying the match at 4-4.
Bridgewater Wilson and the Marlins Proctor were the lone players left on the court as they were well into their third set. Wilson won the first set 6-4, but Proctor bounced back to even the match by taking the second set 6-1. Proctor then outlasted Wilson in the deciding set 7-5 to punch the Marlins ticket to the ODAC semifinals.
With the loss, the Eagles finish the 2013 season with a 15-5 record.