PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Sophomore Rachel Smallwood (Carlisle, Ohio/Carlisle) picked up her first career victory, but that was the lone highlight for the Lake Erie College women's tennis team as it opened the spring portion of its schedule with an 8-1 loss to the University of Findlay on Sunday (Feb. 21) at the Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club.
Smallwood defeated Kari Rudduck at number four singles, 7-6, 6-2. The Oilers (3-13) swept the other singles matches, all in straight sets, and took two by default.
Findlay won both contested doubles matches, but the Storm (0-5) put up a fight in both. Smallwood and freshman Emily Rose-Gray (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) lost to Haley Dudon and Kelsey Yoder 8-5 at first doubles. Findlay's Holly Vietzke and Rudduck took out senior Hillary Marshall (Clifton Springs, N.Y./Phelps-Clifton Springs) and freshman Cassie Rideout (Perry, Ohio/Perry) in second doubles, 8-3.
The Storm returns to the court on Wednesday, March 24 at Ohio Northern University.