ROANOKE, Va. – The Randolph College women's tennis team notched one of its biggest victories of the season on Tuesday afternoon, as the WildCats upset Hollins University 5-4 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play from the Batten Tennis Center.
Hollins (8-5/6-3 ODAC) came into the match with a 6-2 conference mark, and was picked third in the preseason ODAC poll. That didn't matter though Tuesday, as the WildCats picked up their first win over HU since the 2009 season.
The WildCat (8-5/4-5 ODAC) doubles' teams chalked up two valuable points to lead 2-1 going into singles action. Randolph got a win at No. 2 pairs, as Dina Velazco (Barquisimeto, Venezuela/Colegio Las Fuertes) and Anna Culpepper (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) earned an 8-3 victory over Victoria Coffee and Sarah McCormick.
Sophomore captain Danielle Lewis (Kingston, Jamaica/Immaculate Conception) teamed with first-year Emmalyn Snead (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) to cash in an 8-2 triumph at No. 3 doubles. In individual action, HU's No. 1 Karen Montoya picked up a win over Velazco 6-1, 6-4, but Randolph's Patricia Verdezoto (Cuenza, Azuay, Ecuador/Bilingue Interamericano) responded with a big 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles.
After Hollins corralled a win at No. 3 singles, Randolph No. 4 player Kaitlyn Kolster (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) had no problems, earning a 6-4, 6-0 win over McCormick. With the match tied at four, and only No. 5 singles left to play, Snead also earned her second win of the day as she took out Caitlin Hoerr to help clinch the win for Randolph.
The WildCats now sit in seventh place in the conference, as the top eight make the conference tournament. Randolph has two more league matches, but will finish non-conference action Wednesday with a 4 p.m. match at Ferrum College.