Palm Beach sails past Eagles

Eagles fall to the NCAA Division II Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish.

Dale Fredriks, Writer

Despite a gritty extra-point performance by junior Kelsey Post, who won the only set of the day for the Biola Eagles women’s tennis team, the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish came away with the 8-1 team win. The Eagles drop to 3-9 on the season while the NCAA Division II Sailfish improve to 4-4.

With this latest singles win, Post improves to four wins out of her last five when playing by herself, taking all four wins in matches where she was the only Eagle to win in a singles match. This time she barely got the win, dropping the first set 2-6, winning the second 6-3, then requiring two extra points to win 12-10 in the super tiebreaker third set.

In doubles play, none of the Eagles teams were shut out, with both the first and third teams taking three games off their opponents, and the second team winning four of the games. Post and junior Madeline Heer, playing in the top spot, drop to a team record of 4-8 on the season with the loss. In the second spot, senior Kathryn Ashford and sophomore Brooke Sanford move to 3-3 as a pair for this season. Playing in the third spot was the freshmen duo of Katie Boesl and Bailey McGeough, who dropped to 2-4.

In singles, the Eagles bottom two players were swept 6-0 in both sets, and – besides Post – all but one of the remaining Biola players had a bagel against them in at least one set. Ashford ended up the odd-woman out, losing her match 6-1, 6-3.

The Eagles faced three very tough opponents this past week, and look forward to improving based upon their experience.

“We are moving into our second half of the season,” said Dee Henry, head coach. “And I look forward to seeing our players put into practice the things they have gained from the first half of the season.”

The Eagles next play against Kenyon College, an NCAA Division III opponent, on March 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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