No Event
No Event
No Event
Sat Feb 11
Final
2 Denison
7 at Northwestern Ohio
in Lima, Ohio
Sat Feb 18
Final
8 #10 Chicago
1 vs. #22 Denison
@ Indianapolis, Ind. in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sat Feb 25
Final
7 Indiana (PA)
2 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 04
Final
2 #25 Denison
7 at #29 Hope
in Holland, Mich.
Sun Mar 05
Final
9 #25 Denison
0 at Kalamazoo
in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Mon Mar 13
Final
9 #25 Denison
0 at Occidental
in Los Angeles, Calif.
Wed Mar 15
Final
4 #25 Denison
5 at #24 Redlands
in Redlands, Calif.
Fri Mar 17
Final
0 #25 Denison
9 vs. #8 Wesleyan
@ Claremont, Calif. in Claremont, Calif.
Wed Mar 22
Final
0 Ohio Wesleyan
9 #29 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Mar 29
Final
8 #29 Denison
1 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Thu Mar 30
Final
5 #29 Lewis & Clark
4 #30 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 01
Final
0 Allegheny
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 07
Final
5 #30 Denison
4 vs. Augustana (IL)
@ Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Wis.
Fri Apr 07
Final
7 #19 Case Western Reserve
2 vs. #30 Denison
@ Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Wis.
Sat Apr 08
Final
3 #30 Denison
6 vs. #22 Wisconsin-Whitewater
@ Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Tue Apr 11
Final
9 Denison
0 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Sat Apr 15
Final
7 #26 DePauw
2 #34 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 20
Final
0 Baldwin Wallace
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 28
9:00 AM
Allegheny
Denison
NCAC Championships - Quarterfinal
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Pioneers hold off DU's comeback bid

Lauren Hawley  |  Photo by Jason Miller
Lauren Hawley | Photo by Jason Miller

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- In a rain delayed match that was eventually moved into the Mitchell Fieldhouse, a three-set victory at the fifth singles flight by Natalie Kelly lifted 29th-ranked Lewis & Clark College to a 5-4 victory over No. 30 Denison on Thursday.

Trailing 4-3 with two singles matches left to be decided, Big Red junior Carol Vitellas tied the match for the for the fourth time with a straight-set victory at No. 6 singles over Chloe Sermet. Vitellas won the flight by matching scores of 6-2.

While Vitellas was in the process of tying the match score, sophomore Charlotte Purnode was involved in an epic battle with Kelly at the fifth flight. Purnode took the early advantage with a 7-5 decision in the opening set. Kelly evened things up with a 6-2 victory that forced a third-and-decisive set. In the match-deciding set, Kelly earned a 6-1 decision to give the hard-fought win to the Pioneers.

Sophomores Lauren Hawley and Emma Alsup opened the match scoring by quickly dispatching Josie Legarza and Kacey Incerpi via an 8-3 score. Lewis & Clark went on to win the next two doubles flights to take a 2-1 advantage. Alsup evened the score at 2-2 with a three-set win over Legarza (6-3, 4-6, 6-0) at No. 2 single.

Denison fell behind by one once again after dropping a three-set decision at No. 4 singles. Hawley, who is ranked fourth in the central region, tied things up at 3-3 with a win over Wiktoria Plawska, the No. 12 singles player in the west region. The Big Red sophomore cruised to a 6-1 win in the opening set before suffering a 6-2 loss in the second. The final set was much closer as Hawley edged Plawska by way of a 7-5 score. The Pioneers regained the lead at 4-3 with a three-set win at third singles.

The loss drops the Big Red to 4-7, while Lewis & Clark improves to 9-3. Denison will be back in action on Saturday (April 1) when they host Allegheny at 2 p.m.