RYAN REEBENACKER, KVN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TRUMPET SPORTS WRITER
The Wartburg College Women’s Tennis team could not pull out a home win against the rival Luther Norse on Sunday, losing 6-3. The Knights dropped to 3-2 in the American Rivers Conference.
The Norse came out strong in singles competition, as Luther’s Devon Bourget defeated Madi Overmann ’22 without allowing a Knight point. Luther carried that mentality into the No. 2 spot as well, as Shelby Cook beat Hannah Fox ’20 6-4 twice to put the Norse up 2-0.
The Knights rebounded at the three and four spots, as both Lauren O’Brian ’20 and Olivia Phillips ’22 picked up critical wins and tied the match at 2-2.
Despite the Knights’ momentum, the Norse managed to close out singles competition with two more victories at the five and six spots to take a 4-2 advantage into doubles play.
Bourget and Cook managed to defeat the tandem of Overmann and Fox in the opening match of doubles play by a decisive score of 8-4, clinching the win. The Knights could only win one of the final two doubles rounds, led by Phillips and Sydney Powers ’21, and settled the score at 6-3.
Earlier in the week, the Knights defeated Coe College, 7-2. Overmann picked up a win at the No. 1 singles spot over Kohawk Eliza Sundermann with scores of 6-2 and 6-3. Fox defeated her opponent by the same scores at the No. 2 spot.
Phillips, Powers and Gabby Olejniczak ’20 picked up singles wins at spots four through six. Wartburg also swept doubles play to create the final 7-2 score.
The Knights next play the University of Dubuque at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at home in Waverly.