The College of Wooster women's tennis team had its most successful spring break trip in 15 years, as the Fighting Scots went 4-2 at Hilton Head, S.C., which included a 3-1 record against regional opponents and two victories over teams they had lost to last season.
Wooster (6-7) started its southern swing with a decisive 7-2 win over Shepherd University, which beat the Scots 5-4 a year ago, and then won its next two in row over Edgewood College (5-4) and Lake Forest College (6-3). The Scots were then competitive in a pair of setbacks to Nazareth College and Nebraska Wesleyan University, and ended the trip with a 5-2 victory over Macalester College, another team that edged out Wooster, 5-4, the year prior.
Individually, Lauren Gilliss led the team with eight wins, including a 5-1 record in singles competition, mostly at the No. 5 spot in the lineup. She was rather dominant, as she gave up two games or less in nine of 12 sets played, with her best win coming against Lake Forest College (6-0, 6-1). Gilliss also added three wins in doubles action with three different partners.
Rachel Dietz was next in line, as she went 4-2 in singles, highlighted by a 2-0 mark at the second spot in the lineup, and she added two doubles victories as well, while Kimberly Carter also logged a 4-2 record as a singles competitor, with two wins coming at the No. 4 spot.
Impressive newcomer Catherine Christian went 3-2 at No. 1 singles, improving her record to 6-5 on the season, while Rachel Appleton (3-0), Melanie Chin (2-4), and Rose Chiumento (1-3) also added singles wins during Wooster's annual trip.
The last time the Scots won four or more matches in Hilton Head, S.C., was in 1998 when they went 5-2.
Wooster will take some time off before it visits northeast Ohio foe Baldwin Wallace University on April 3.