ORANGE, Calif. – Emily Shutman won her match at No. 2 singles as the Haverford College women's tennis team took on No. 36 Chapman Tuesday evening. However, the nationally-ranked Panthers (1-3) proved why they are so respected with an overall 8-1 victory. Tuesday's match was played as part of Haverford's west coast trip while the College is on spring break.
Shutman's victory came during a thrilling 10-point tiebreak. Her opponent got the jump on her early with the first set, but Shutman answered with a 7-6 tiebreak win in the second. In that ultimate tiebreak, Shutman edged her opponent by a 10-8 margin to collect her first win of the spring season after the Fords' co-captain spent the fall semester studying abroad.
The Fords seemingly had chances in a couple of other matches throughout the lineup. At No. 6 singles, Renata DiDonato fell in a first set tiebreak before her opponent put together an even stronger second. Natalie Williams (No. 4 singles) was edged out by a 6-4 margin during her second set to deny a second match going into tiebreakers. Jane Bary won three games during each of her sets at No. 1 singles, while Clara Farrehi (No. 5 singles) and Claire Johnson (No. 3 singles) were victorious in four and three games, respectively.
Haverford mounted its toughest challenge at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles as the pairings of Clara Farrehi/Emily Shutman and Sarah Evenson/Claire Johnson were edged by identical same 8-5 scores. Chapman won the No. 1 doubles match by an 8-4 margin against Haverford's top pairing of Jane Bary and Natalie Williams.