LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Bridgewater College's women's team opened its fall season competition this past weekend at the WildCat Invitational hosted by Randolph College. In addition to Bridgewater and Randolph, Lynchburg and Pfeiffer also participated. There were seven singles flights and three doubles flights contested.
In No. 1 singles, Bridgewater's Whitney Kiser lost her first match to Randolph's Rand-Keyu Jin 7-5, 6-1 but rebounded to win her consolation match over Pfeiffer's Anna Branson 6-3,, 7-5.
Nicole Shifflett took a 6-3, 7-4 win in her first match at No. 2 before dropping a 7-6, 6-0 decision to Randolph's Ashley Schmitz in the title match.
Rachel Crawford claimed the title at the No. 3 slot. She won her first match 6-0, 6-2 and then defeated Lynchburg's Lauren Pascaldo 7-5, 6-1 in the title matchup.
Bridgewater's Emily Daigneault lost a tough match in her opener at No. 4 to Pfeiffer's Sydney Honeycutt 6-4, 7-6. Daignealt also lost her consolation match, falling 6-3, 6-3 to Randolph's Sarah Mueller.
At the No. 5 slot, Alexia Will dropped both of her matches in straight sets.
Tori Moats lost her opener 6-2, 6-0 but bounced back to win her consolation match 6-2, 6-2 over Randolph's Bailey Livingston in flight 6 action.
In flight 7, Katie Austin lost in three sets to Randolph's Heather Whetzel 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5). Whetzel also defeated Bridgewater's Kaci Pitsenbarger 6-3, 2-6, (11-9).
In flight 1 doubles action, the Kiser-Shifflett duo won its first match 8-5, but lost in the final to Lynchburg's Christina Harris and Carolina Guill, falling in a tiebreaker 8-7 (8-5).
Crawford and Daignealt lost their opener at No. 2 doubles but rallied to win in the consolation match 8-5.
In the third flight, Moats and Pitsenbarger lost their match 8-0 while Will and Austin dropped a close 8-6 decision in their match.