Midway, Ky. -- After having nearly three weeks off from competition, the Midway University women's tennis team returned to action on Saturday afternoon as they hosted Johnson (Tenn.) at the Thomas R. Post Tennis Center.
The Eagles (2-1) swept all three doubles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles play. Midway won four of the six singles matches to walk away with the 7-2 victory over the Royals.
Getting the Eagles started off on the right foot was the duo of Gabby Meis (Panama City, Panama) and Erin Byassee (Paducah, Ky.). At No. 1 doubles, Meis and Byassee defeated Kaitlin Faust and Madison Buchanan by a final score of 8-2.
With the 3-0 lead behind them, the Eagles would need to win just two singles matches to clinch the match. Gabby Meis moved the Eagles one step closer to clinching the match as she picked up a victory over Kaitlin Faust in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.
Freshman, Erin Byassee, clinched the match for the Eagles with her win at No. 2 singles. Just like Meis, Byassee won, 6-2, 6-2, over Madison Buchanan to give Midway a 5-0 lead.
With the match in hand, freshman, Jilian Verbrugghe, extended the lead to 6-0 after she won in straight sets at No. 4 singles. Verbrugghe defeated Annalise McDonald, 6-2, 6-4.
After the Royals won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, Josie Hutchinson, clinched the final point for the Eagles after she won a marathon match at No. 3 singles.
Hutchinson dropped the first set, 6-3, but she battled back and won the second set, 6-4 for force a tiebreaker. The freshman won the tiebreaker, 12-10, to give Midway the 7-2 victory.
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, October 7, when they host Kentucky Wesleyan College and Shawnee State (Ohio) at the Thomas R. Post Tennis Center starting at 10 a.m. ET.
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