Owls oust Ottawa 5-2

Courtesy of Wiliam Woods University Athletics. (Contributed Photo)
Courtesy of Wiliam Woods University Athletics. (Contributed Photo)

FULTON -- After sweeping the doubles point and pulling ahead 3-0 with wins at the three and one singles, the Braves managed to sneak in a win at the four line before William Woods (6-6) sealed the match win over Ottawa University (9-4) and finished off with a 5-2 final on Thursday.

"We're winning and building confidence, so that's always good," William Woods tennis coach Chance Joost said in a release. "There are definitely things to work on, and we are, but any time you beat a team that's most likely going to be in the national tournament, it's a good day. We'll be ready to go tomorrow!"

Kristina Dimitrijevic and Sophia Hausner claimed the first win of the match for Woods, rolling to a 6-0 victory over Isidora Hrnjak and Lily Keimig, with Lena Greefs and Marcelina Kotylak closing out the doubles point with a 6-3 win over Valeria Rodriguez and Priyanshi Sharma.

Greefs dispatched Alejandra Parra Herrera 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour, with Hanna Lindeboom downing Hrnjak 6-3, 7-5 at the one singles line to put WWU up 3-0 in the match.

Alexandra Persson kept Ottawa's hopes alive at the four with a seven-game run that saw her battle back from a 5-4 first-set deficit for a 7-5 win and take a 4-0 lead in the second before Marta Calvo Larraz was able to close to 4-2. Persson won the next two games to claim a point for the Braves, 7-5, 6-2.

At the five-line, Dimitrijevic slammed the door on the contest less than 20 minutes later, though, sweeping Rodriguez 6-2, 6-2 at five singles, with Kotylak shutting out Keimig 6-0, 6-0 at the six.

Sharma earned a consolation point for Ottawa at the two singles, taking Mireira Simon Sanchez to three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2, but only after the match was well in hand.

With an afternoon start of 3 p.m. on the slate, Woods takes on former AMC foe Freed-Hardeman on Friday.