Marlins Fall to No. 16 Washington & Lee

Katie Staman
Katie Staman

Marlins Fall to No. 16 Washington & Lee

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The 2017 season for the Virginia Wesleyan women's tennis team kicked off Sunday afternoon with a trip to Lexington, Virginia to face nationally-ranked conference foe Washington & Lee University. The No. 16-ranked Generals proved too much for the Marlins, blanking Virginia Wesleyan en route to a 9-0 decision.

Washington & Lee, the consensus preseason pick to claim the ODAC title, rushed out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles portion of the afternoon and never looked back. Despite the rather lopsided score line, head coach Marty Perry said there were several bright spots on the day.

"I really liked how we carried ourselves on court today. We took the challenge head on and didn't spend time focusing on the score or hanging our heads," Perry said. "Matches like this will absolutely make this team tougher for the rest of the season."

Today marked the first career matches at Virginia Wesleyan for freshman Aubree Johnson and sophomore Amanda Inglis. They join a young core of talent on a Virginia Wesleyan roster that currently contains no seniors.

"As young as this team is, they are going to keep learning and improving at a really impressive rate," said Perry following the match.

The Marlins (0-1/0-1) return to the court on Wednesday for a 3p.m. battle with Penn State-Abington on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan.