After a brutal battle between two of the conference's biggest rivals, the Agnes Scott Scotties came out on top against the Huntingdon Hawks for their fourth straight Great South Athletic Conference Championship April 22, 5-2.
After sweeping the doubles matches to start, the Scotties looked like they might cruise to their next title, but Huntingdon would have none of that with the 2012 Freshman of the Year Taylor Clark beating the reigning Player of the Year Rachel Storz in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Only needing to win two more of their six singles matches to win, it was a team effort for the Scotties as Danielle Patton came back to win her match at the No. 6 spot to put Agnes Scott one step closer.
It would be freshman Alex Cadle who would put it away for the Scotties, beating Christian Vick in three, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Her key victory earned her the coveted title of tournament M.V.P. after helping Agnes Scott grab the conference championship.
By winning the conference title, the Scotties now wait to hear who they will face in the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament.
“I’m proud of the way the women played this year and of the effort that they put into their practices and matches. We’re very excited to be going to the NCAA Tournament and we are hoping to improve on last year’s finish where we lost to Emory in the second round,” said four-time Coach of the Year Glen Hill.
1. Taylor Clark (HCW) def. Rachel Storz (ASC) 6-4, 6-4
2. Katie Scott (HCW) vs. Mariel Herrera (ASC) no result
3. Emma O'Reilly (ASC) def. Hannah Still (HCW) 7-5, 2-6, 2-1
4. Alex Cadle (ASC) def. Christian Vick (HCW) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
5. Arielle Barraca (HCW) def. Hannah Kraus (ASC) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
6. Danielle Patton (ASC) def. Micaela White (HCW) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
1. Rachel Storz/Natalie Mayer (ASC) def. Katie Scott/Micaela White (HCW) 8-1
2. Hannah Kraus/Mariel Herrera (ASC) def. Taylor Clark/Christian Vick (HCW) 8-3
3. Danielle Patton/Emma O'Reilly (ASC) def. Hannah Still/Arielle Barraca (HCW)
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.