Owen Drops Opening Round Battle in NCAA Individual Championships

Owen Drops Opening Round Battle in NCAA Individual Championships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Sophomore tennis player and 2019 Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year Catherine Owen battled a tough opponent in Mary Cardone of Southwestern (Texas) in the Round of 32 at the 2019 NCAA Division III Singles Championships on Friday. Cardone defeated Owen, 7-6, 6-3.

Owen took two of the first three games in the opening set before having a 4-1 lead. However, Cardone rallied to take the next four games to lead 5-4.

In the next game, Owen was able to even the contest at five games apiece, but Cardone made inched closer to taking the match with a 6-5 lead.

Owen forced a tiebreak with a win in the 12th game, evening the contest at six.

The players battled in the tiebreak to an even 3-3 score, but it was Cardone who took the opening set 7-6.

In the second set, Owen started out with a 1-0 lead, but Cardone (17-1) won the next four games to lead 4-1 en route to a 6-3 victory to eliminate Owen from the Singles Championships.

Cardone is ranked seventh in the West region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), and Owen is ranked fifth in the Atlantic South region.

Owen wraps up her sophomore campaign with an 11-7 record in singles and a career record of 29-12.

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