San Antonio – Trinity's 16th-ranked women's tennis team lost a pair of non-Division III matches to open up the 2018 season on Saturday.
After a long rain delay, the Tigers finally got on the court against St. Mary's University – the eighth-ranked team in Division II.
The Rattlers swept the Tigers in all three doubles contests, then won five of six singles matchups to take an 8-0 victory. The final singles competition was left unfinished.
Ashley DeBauge won her first set at line five singles, but lost the next two – including a narrow 10-8 defeat in the third set – to drop the match.
In the second match of the day for Trinity, Texas A&M-Kingsville earned a doubles sweep to take a 3-0 lead to start things off. Caroline Kutach and Zoe Kaffen at line one took a close 8-6 loss, while Mary Kaffen and Paulina Garcia lost at #2 doubles by the same score.
After the visitors clinched the overall match with three wins to start singles, Kutach scored the first win of the day for the Tigers at line one singles.
DeBauge lost another three-set battle at line four, capped by another 10-8 decision in the third set.
Andrea De Leon capped off the day's action with her win at line five, taking the first set 7-6 (7-3), then finishing with a 10-6 win in the final set.
The Tigers are headed to Ohio for three matches against Division III opponents next weekend. The road trip begins with a match at Case Western Reserve (OH) University at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 9.