TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's tennis team battled to a narrow 5-4 victory over previously undefeated Transylvania University on Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers won two of three doubles matches and claimed victories at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions to top last season's defending conference runner-ups.
Freshman Kylie McCollum (Lee's Summit, Mo./West) played a key role with wins in the deciding No. 6 singles match and a tiebreaker win at No. 3 doubles with sophomore Lauren Reberger (Brazil/Northview).
The doubles tandem of sophomore Marie Stettler (Edgerton, Wis./Senior) and Paige Cook (Terre Haute/North) captured a 9-7 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Singles winner included McCollum at the No. 6 position by a 6-2, 6-4 margin; Cook at No. 5 singles by a 6-0, 6-1 count; and sophomore Colleen Stevenson (Bolton, Mass./Nashoba Regional) with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.
Rose-Hulman improved to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Transylvania stands 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference matches. The Fightin' Engineers travel to Mount St. Joseph on Sunday.
ROSE-HULMAN 5, TRANSYLVANIA 4
1. Kelsey Fulkerson (TU) def. Marie Stettler (RHIT) 6-2, 6-0
2. Stephanie Townsend (TU) def. Sage Sackett (RHIT) 6-0, 6-0
3. Kaitlyn Hizny (TU) def. Melissa Montgomery (RHIT) 6-4, 6-1
4. Colleen Stevenson (RHIT) def. Andi Mong (TU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Paige Cook (RHIT) def. Victoria Haugli (TU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Kylie McCollum (RHIT) def. Caroline Tapscott (TU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Kelsey Fulkerson/Stephanie Townsend (TU) def. Sage Sackett/Melissa Montgomery (RHIT) 8-4
2. Marie Stettler/Paige Cook (RHIT) def. Kaitlyn Hizny/Andi Mong (TU) 9-7
3. Lauren Reberger/Kylie McCollum (RHIT) def. Victoria Haugli/Samantha Voss (TU) 9-8 (10-3)