Women's Tennis Opens Spring Season With Win

Angelica Garcia helped the Eagles to a season-opening win.

Conway, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks women's tennis team opened the 2020 spring season with a 6-3 win over John Brown University February 15.

The Eagles dropped their match against Hendrix College 6-3 to go 1-1 on the weekend. Both matches were played in Conway February 15. 

Against John Brown, Abrian Johnson posted a 7-5, 6-4 win over Sarah Morris at the No. 5 position and Anna Ryan had a 8-1 victory over Kashti Shah. In the No. 2 position, Angelica Garcia won 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 against Sabrina Paiz. Lexy Corona and Kaitlin Gutierrez lost extended sets (3-6, 6-3, 16-14) and (1-6, 6-4, 16-14). In doubles play, the Eagles swept John Brown. At No. 1, Karlee Hart and Angelica Garcia took a 8-6 win over Sydney Smith and Sabrina Paiz. At the No. 2 spot, Lexy Corona and Kaitlin Gutierrez won 8-3 against Jadyn Engel and Katie Sandeno. At the No. 3 position, Anna Ryan and Abrian Johnson took a 8-2 win over Salasha McBride and Hayvnn Prude.

Against Hendrix, Johnson and Ryan were both winners in singles. Johnson topped her opponent 7-5, 6-4 and Ryan won 8-1. The duo also teamed up for a 8-4 win at the No 3 doubles. 

The Eagles will travel to Abilene, Texas, to take on Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne and McMurry February 21-23.

Singles competition
1. Sydney Smith (JBU) def. Karlee Hart (UO) 6-1, 6-3
2. Angelica Garcia (UO) def. Sabrina Paiz (JBU) 7-5, 3-6, 10-4
3. Katie Sandeno (JBU) def. Lexy Corona (UO) 3-6, 6-3, 16-14
4. Jadyn Engel (JBU) def. Kaitlin Gutierrez (UO) 1-6, 6-4, 16-14
5. Abrian Johnson (UO) def. Salasha McBride (JBU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Anna Ryan (UO) def. Hayvnn Prude (JBU) 8-6

Doubles competition
1. Karlee Hart/Angelica Garcia (UO) def. Sydney Smith/Sabrina Paiz (JBU) 8-6
2. Lexy Corona/Kaitlin Gutierrez (UO) def. Jadyn Engel/Katie Sandeno (JBU) 8-3
3. Anna Ryan/Abrian Johnson (UO) def. Salasha McBride/Hayvnn Prude (JBU) 8-2

Singles competition
1. Rebecca Sherman (HENDRIX) def. Karlee Hart (UO) 6-0, 6-2
2. Shelby Worsham (HENDRIX) def. Angelica Garcia (UO) 4-6, 7-5, 10-4
3. Greer Ayers (HENDRIX) def. Lexy Corona (UO) 6-3, 6-0
4. Sara Hoopchuk (HENDRIX) def. Kaitlin Gutierrez (UO) 6-3, 2-6, 11-9
5. Abrian Johnson (UO) def. Sarah Morris (HENDRIX) 7-5, 6-4
6. Anna Ryan (UO) def. Kashti Shah (HENDRIX) 8-1

Doubles competition
1. Rebecca Sherman/Shelby Worsham (HENDRIX) def. Karlee Hart/Angelica Garcia (UO) 8-4
2. Greer Ayers/Sara Hoopchuk (HENDRIX) def. Kaitlin Gutierrez/Lexy Corona (UO) 8-2
3. Abrian Johnson/Anna Ryan (UO) def. Sarah Morris/Kashti Shah (HENDRIX) 8-4