Coe edges out Hope to advance
Ohlman clinches match for Kohawks with victory at No. 4 singles
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- It all came down to the No. 4 singles match and Coe's Sara Ohlman took a three-set win against Hope's Shelby Schulz to give the Kohawks a 5-4 victory against the Flying Dutch in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Coe improves to 22-3 on the campaign while Hope finishes its season at 18-8.
After dropping the first set by a 7-6 score (7-1 tiebreaker), Ohlman rallied to win the second set 7-5 and the third, 6-3, to give her team the victory.
Hope took a 1-0 lead as its No. 2 doubles tandem of Schulz and Mallory Smith defeated Jackie Pedersen and Ohlman by an 8-5 score. The Kohawks evened the score as their No. 1 team of Michelle Schupbach and Tai Lucero topped Carli Capestany and Leah LaBarge 8-4. The Flying Dutch wrapped up doubles play with a win at the No. 3 spot with Andrea Pickelman and Hannah Schulz beating Jordan Ferree and Elizabeth Hoffmann by an 8-2 score.
Hope's Smith picked up the first singles win as she topped Ferree at the fifth position 6-1, 6-1. Lucero topped LaBarge at No. 2 singles by a 6-0, 6-1 count to cut Hope's lead to 3-2. The Flying Dutch expanded the margin to 4-2 when Melissa Bieri took a three-set victory against Hoffmann 5-7, 6-0, 6-0 at the sixth position.
The Kohawks tied the score with wins at first and third singles. Schupbach defeated Capestany at the No. 1 flight 6-1, 6-4 before Pedersen beat Casey Baxter 7-5, 6-4 at the third position prior to Ohlman's heroics for the Kohawks.