San Antonio - The 21st-ranked Trinity women's tennis team split its matches Saturday, edging NCAA Division III opponent Washington University-St. Louis (MO) and coming up short to Division I member University of the Incarnate Word (TX).
Trinity defeated 13th-ranked Washington University-St. Louis 5-4 in a showdown of Division III ranked teams at the Butch Newman Tennis Center.
The Bears started off by winning two of three doubles matches. Zoe Kaffen and Mary Kaffen lost 8-6 at #1 doubles, while Caroline Kutach and Megan Flores took the second line 8-6 to even the score. Washington took a 2-1 lead in the dual match by winning #3 doubles 8-7 over Andrea De Leon and Hailey Feuer.
De Leon won the first set of #5 singles 6-0, and then lost 2-6, 6-7 as Washington had the 4-3 advantage. Feuer won convincingly at #4 singles and the match was again all-squared.
Mary Kaffen lost the first set of the sixth line 4-6. She then fought back and won the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Tigers.
The University of the Incarnate Word beat Trinity 4-3 later in the day UIW's courts.
Trinity evened the score at 1-1 by winning #6 singles by default, and Hanna Rafferty gave the Tigers the 2-1 lead with a decision on the fifth line.
Kutach lost #1 singles, Zoe Kaffen fell on the second line, and the clincher for UIW came at #3 with Paulina Garcia on the court. Garcia battled and lost a first-set tiebreaker and then dropped the second set of the match.
Flores finished the match at #4 singles by winning a three-set pairing.
The Tigers stand at 4-3 on the season and are 4-0 against Division III opponents. Washington is now 3-1, while UIW has a record of 3-4.
The Tigers will host two matches on Monday, March 11. Starting at noon will be Division III opponent St. Mary's College (IN). Trinity then takes on the University of Indianapolis (IN), ranked 10th in Division II, at 3:00 p.m.