ROME, Ga. -- The Covenant women's tennis team hung tough with a regionally-ranked Berry squad, but the Lady Scots ultimately fell short by a 5-4 score on Wednesday evening at the Rome Tennis Center.
Covenant drops to 8-8 on the year while Berry, ranked No. 19 in the latest ITA Atlantic South region poll, goes to 8-3.
Covenant fell behind 2-1 after doubles play, but took a point at the No. 1 spot. Annie DeLuca and Esther Eddy held off Berry's Sara Myers and Kathryn Barker, 8-6, to avoid the doubles sweep and keep Covenant within striking distance.
Playing without usual No. 1 singles player Aly Hall, Covenant ended up splitting the six singles matches. DeLuca stepped into the No. 1 position and knocked off Myers 6-2, 6-3. It was DeLuca's first match at the top singles spot for the season.
The Lady Scots also received points from the bottom of the lineup as Mackenzie Jones and Masha Lanska both pulled off three-set victories. Jones droppped the second set rallied for a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Karleigh Dills at the No. 5 flight. Lanska battled with Alexis Williams at the No. 6 spot before earning a 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6) victory for Covenant's final point of the match.
Covenant will travel to Berea on Thursday for a rescheduled USA South matchup. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
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