TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College women's tennis team faced a stiff test on Sunday (Oct. 7) afternoon, hitting the road for a meeting with Rose-Hulman in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action.
The Grizzlies (6-1, 5-1 HCAC) rebounded from their first loss of the year in impressive fashion, sweeping doubles play on their way to a big 6-3 road win over the Engineers (4-3, 4-3 HCAC).
Franklin put the hosts in an early hole, picking up three hard-fought wins in doubles play. The Grizzlies' top team of Karen Dringenburg and Maddie Bright remained perfect as a duo this fall, improving to 6-0 with an 8-6 win over Anna Thompson and Naomi Bhagat. Seniors Holyn Eldridge and Alexa Schofner had their hands full in No. 2 doubles play but were able to hold on for a 9-7 win. Senior Brianna Hutton and freshman Grace Otte sent the Grizzlies into singles play with a three-point edge after an 8-3 win.
Eldridge kicked off the doubles wins for the Grizzlies with a decisive 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot. Bright wrapped up the win for the Grizzlies after rolling past her No. 4 counterpart, 6-1, 6-4. Dringenburg went the distance to wrap up the scoring for Franklin, rallying from a set down for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win in the top singles position.
Franklin returns to action at home on Saturday (Oct. 13), when they welcome Earlham College to town for the first of three straight home matches to close out the regular season. First serve is set for noon.