Michelle Spicer and the duo of Evie Chitko and Ashlee Polena earned wins as the UW-Oshkosh women's tennis team opened its 2018 season with a seventh-place finish at Saturday's (Sept. 1) UW-Whitewater Warhawk Invitational.
Spicer compiled a 1-1 record as a competitor in the No. 2 singles category. She suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Augustana College's (Ill.) Zeana Badawi before outlasting Lily Hamilton of Grinnell College (Iowa), 6-3, 3-6 (10-8).
Chitko and Polena performed at No. 3 doubles and split their two decisions. The tandem lost an 8-3 result to eventual champion Madalyn Bigelow and Elsie Ha of UW-Whitewater before ousting Alyssa Cholewinski and Kayleigh Ruffolo of Illinois Wesleyan University, 8-3.
UW-Whitewater scored 40 points to win the eight-team tournament. The Warhawks were followed by second-place UW-Eau Claire with 37 points and third-place UW-La Crosse with 31.
Augustana College and Carthage College shared fourth place with 29 points while Grinnell College finished sixth with 16 and UW-Oshkosh seventh with six. Illinois Wesleyan University placed eighth after failing to score.
Annie Timm of Augustana College was the No. 1 singles winner. The UW-Eau Claire partners of Hayley Clope and Sadie Spahn captured the No. 1 doubles crown.
UW-Oshkosh hosts Marian University on Thursday (Sept. 6) at the Kolf Sports Center Complex.