FOREST, Va. - Bridgewater College earned the No. 4 seed for the ODAC women's tennis tournament and the Eagles will host No 5 Randolph College on Tuesday in a first-round contest.
Bridgewater won the regular season matchup back in mid-March 8-1 in a contest that was much closer than the final score might indicate.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after doubles. Rachel Zarin and Rachel Crawford won the No. 3 doubles match, 8-3, but the other two matches could have gone either way. Bridgewater's Nicole Shifflett and Stephanie Barton took a close 8-6 win at No.2 doubles. In the No. 1 doubles match, Randolph's Keyu Jin and Lauren Appel held off Bridgewater's Jamiah Lewis and Whitney Kiser 8-6 to earn the WildCats lone point of the match.
The Eagles won all six singles flights, but two matches went to three sets and two more were very close.
Lewis defeated Jin at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-4 and Kiser rallied after losing the first set to defeat Ashley Schmitz 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 to take the point at No. 2. Zarin rallied at No. 5 singles after losing the opening set to turn back Randolph's Ranita Opoku-Sarfo 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Barton had a tight match at No. 4, defeating Sarah Mueller 6-4, 6-4. Shifflett at No. 3 and Crawford at No. 6 also won matches for the Eagles in straight sets.
The winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal contest advances to the semifinals to play the winner of the No. 8 Sweet Briar at No. 1 Washington and Lee matchup.
The semifinals and championship match will be played this weekend at Virginia Wesleyan.