SUMTER, SC – The Pfeiffer women’s tennis team (19-2) fell in the Conference Carolinas Championship match to Erksine (18-5) by a final of 5-3. The match could have gone either way but the Flying Fleet topped the Falcons for the second time this season. Pfeiffer finishes the regular season 0-2 against Erskine, but 19-0 against the rest of its competition.
Doubles play was hotly contested as the top two seeds were locked in a tight battle. Erskine came away with wins at first and third doubles but had to work for each point. In the top spot, Erskine’s pair of Corin Hallman and Mika Goyette defeated Taylor Lindsay and Valeria Mendoza 8-6. The Falcons rebounded in second doubles as Olivia Nelms and Hannah Watson came away with an 8-6 victory. Mylene Petitpas and Amanda Long battled Haley Elliott and Mollie Polk to the end but fell in an 8-5 decision.
Ahead 2-1 heading into singles play, the Flying Fleet needed just three victories to lock up the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hallman bested Nelms in straight sets in number one singles but Watson answered with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) win in fourth singles. Polk defeated Briana Oliver 7-5, 6-0 to push Erskine’s lead to 4-2. Petitpas pulled the Falcons within one with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 win in fifth singles but Erskine clinched the title with Goyette’s third singles win over Mendoza. Goyette dropped the first set 6-2, but rallied to take the final two sets 6-3 and 6-3.
Pfeiffer's Watson and Lindsay were named to the All-Tournament team following the match.
Pfeiffer came up just short but still had an impressive season. The Falcons started the season with a 14 game winning streak, the longest in school history, and posted school records in wins (19). Nelms was named the Conference’s Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and the Falcons placed three on the All-Conference teams. Pfeiffer will return all but two players next year, including its top five singles competitors.