Kenyon 8, East Texas Baptist 1
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Kenyon College women’s tennis team closed out its spring break schedule Sunday by racking up an 8-1 win over the Tigers of East Texas Baptist University. The No. 22-ranked Ladies went 4-0 on the trip and are now 8-0 on the season.
The Ladies aren’t just winning, they’re winning in lopsided fashion. Seven of their eight victories have come by 9-0 or 8-1 scores, including a 9-0 win over Millsaps College earlier in the day.
Part of the Ladies’ success stems from quick starts. Over their last five contests, including today’s against the Tigers, they’ve swept all three doubles matches. Illana Blackwood and Ceylan Can led the charge Sunday night by taking the No. 3 doubles match, 8-0. Diana Aboubakare and Erika Oku rolled to an 8-2 win at No. 1, while Maggie Sweeney and Grace Winslow posted an 8-5 win at No. 2.
Four of those Kenyon players also went on to win their singles matches. Aboubakare took out Elisa Kendall 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 and Oku got a win by retirement at No. 2. Sweeney dialed up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kaleight Smith at No. 3 and Blackwood went on to claim a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Mullika Seekhieo at No. 4.
Kenyon’s other singles victory came from Kayla Pukys, who broke into the Ladies’ lineup in the No. 6 spot and responded with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win against Ashley Schenck.
They Ladies will take some time away from competition and won’t play again until March 23, when they’ll host the John Carroll University Blue Streaks in a non-conference match.