BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College women's tennis team will host Randolph College in the quarterfinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament Saturday afternoon.
The match will begin at noon and will be played at the Turner Ashby High School tennis courts. Bridgewater is 8-3 in conference play and seeded No. 4 in the tournament. Randolph enters with a 7-4 ODAC record, good for the No. 5 seed.
In the regular season matchup, Bridgewater defeated Randolph, 5-1. The Eagles won two of the three doubles matches to take an early lead. Bridgewater won at No. 1 behind the play of Katie Gordon and Maria Hawkins and also at No.2 where Marla O'Bryan and Brittany Wilson teamed up for the victory. Randolph picked up its point at No. 3 where Heather Parra and Sarah Parker held off Jessie Mitchell and Whitney Cash, 9-7.
The Eagles won the first three singles flights to close out the victory.
Katie Gordon needed three sets to defeat Patricia Verdezoto at No. 1. The two split the first two sets by indentical 6-3 scores. A tiebreaker was played to determine the winner with Gordon prevailing 10-7.
Hawkins stopped Alison Henry 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles while Wilson edged Dina Velazco 7-5, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles match.
The Eagle have been strong throughout the season at the top of the ladder. Gordon is 6-4 at No. 1 singles while Hawkins has won 14 straight matches at No. 2 and is 10-1 in ODAC play. The two have lost just once in their last 13 matches at No. 1 doubles and are 8-2 in conference action.
Holly Knupp has been strong as of late in singles play as she has won six straight entering the conference tournament. She is 5-0 at No. 5 and 1-0 at No. 6. Jessie Mitchell has also played well this spring with a 10-3 overall record. Seeing most of her time at No. 4 singles, Mitchell is 5-1 against ODAC competition.
The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the semifinals to meet the winner of the No. 1 Washington and Lee vs. No. 8 Guilford match. That semifinal is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. The semifinal and titles matches will be hosted by Sweet Briar College.