WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Johnson & Wales University women's tennis team made history on Friday when it played the first NCAA Tournament match in school history. Unfortunately, the Wildcats couldn't pull out the victory as they lost 5-0 to Wilkes.
With the loss, JWU completes the season with a 15-4 record. Wilkes improved to 24-0 and takes on host Williams on Saturday.
The Wildcats got out to a good start in doubles, but the Colonels gained control of all three matches on their way to a 3-0 lead.
Johnson & Wales faired much better in singles. Morgan Thompson (Fargo, ND) won the first set at number one singles 7-6 (6). Luiza Silvia Simoes (Cuiaba, Brazil) won 6-3 at number three. That was also the winning score for Taylor Klein (Johnson, NY) in the first set at number four.
Wilkes clinched the team match with wins at number five and six singles. Madison Hernandez (Phoenix, Ariz.) lost 6-3, 6-2 at number six then Lauren Torre (New Fairfield, Conn.) dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision at number five.
Johnson & Wales should be poised to make another run at the NCAAs next season as head coach Devin Kitterick brings back all of starting lineup with the exception of Thompson.