DEFIANCE, Ohio - In a match originally scheduled as a home match for the Quakers, the Earlham College women's tennis team overcame a 2-1 deficit after doubles to edge Defiance College 5-4 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) match on Wednesday.
Defiance took an early lead as the hosts won both first and third doubles. Hannah Hesterman and Cayla Walker defeated seniors Kaitlin Morgan and Lexi Aligarbes 8-1 at first doubles. Earlham countered with an 8-5 win at second doubles as junior Yunjoo Shin and freshman Alexandra Canaday beat AJ Breneman and Sydney Huston. The Yellow Jackets won third doubles 8-6.
Leading 2-1, Defiance on both first and second singles in quick order as Hesterman defeated Domi 6-0, 6-2 and Breneman bested Morgan 6-1, 6-0 at second singles. Despite trailing 4-1, the Quakers did not surrender as Canaday battled back from a set down to best Courtney Alexander 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 to get Earlham within two points. Aligarbes then made the deficit one flight with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Mackenzie Combs at fifth singles.
Defiance, still leading 4-3, was up a set at third singles, but Shin ended up coming back to win the flight 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 and tie the match. Sixth singles was all that was left on court, and it was up to freshman Kathryn Hulleman snap a 22-match conference losing streak. Hulleman was up to the task as the Harrisonburg, Virginia, native won outlasted Huston 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 to claim the flight and the match for Earlham.
The Quakers (5-4, 1-2 HCAC) host Franklin College at noon on Saturday.