San Antonio - The 23rd-ranked Trinity women's tennis team split its Saturday home matches with a shutout over University of Texas-Dallas and a hard fought loss to 11th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis (MO).
The Tigers started the day with a 9-0 decision over the University of Texas-Dallas at the Al G. Hill Jr. Tennis Stadium.
Caroline Kutach and Cheyenne Duncan won a quick match at line three doubles over the Comets to start the day. Marie Lutz and Zoe Kaffen finished up with their own win at line one, and Liza Southwick and Mary Kaffen wrapped up the first half of the match to put the Tigers up 3-0 going into singles play.
The only singles match to see a third set was at line four as Mary Kaffen won 10-5 by a tiebreaker. Southwick, Kutach, and Lutz played in the first three singles singles slots, while Duncan and Anne Wellford rounded out the lineup.
In the afternoon, the Tigers were edged 5-4 by Washington-St. Louis at the Butch Newman Tennis Center.
Washington started the matchup by winning two of three doubles. Southwick and Mary Kaffen won the only doubles point 8-6 at line two. Lutz and Zoe Kaffen lost one doubles, and Duncan and Kutach fell in slot three.
The see-saw singles battle began on the second line, as Kutach evened the match score at 2-2. Andrea De Leon gave Trinity a 3-2 edge by winning #6 singles, and Mary Kaffen widened the lead with a victory on the fifth line.
The Bears fought back and took #4 singles with Zoe Kaffen on the losing end. Southwick fell at #1 singles, and the match was even up at four all. The dual match went down to #3 singles with Lutz representing the Tigers. After a long and hard fought match, Lutz eventually fell short in the third set, losing 7-5.
The Tigers stand at 4-5 overall and 4-2 against NCAA Division III opponents.
Trinity will Swarthmore (PA) College on March 8 at 4:00 p.m.