Quakers Edge Mary Baldwin for Kleimeier's First Women's Tennis Coaching Win

Olivia La Ganza '19 (John Bell Photo)
Olivia La Ganza '19 (John Bell Photo)

STAUNTON, Va. – Delaney Taylor scored a 6-1, 6-0, victory at second singles to secure Guilford College's 5-4 women's tennis win at Mary Baldwin University Saturday.

The visiting Quakers (1-2) earned their first win of the season and their first for rookie head coach Kim Kleimeier '13. Mary Baldwin fell to 0-2 with the loss.

Taylor's triumph over Brenda Korlison helped Guilford hold off the Squirrels' comeback. The Quakers swept all three doubles matches and needed just two wins at singles for the win. Mary Baldwin started its rally when Summer Wendt took an 8-1 decision at sixth singles over Guilford's Jessica Fuentes and Oliva Anderson earned the fifth-singles point after Guilford's Mackenzie Calton retired. Olivia La Ganza blanked Lucie Oechslin, 6-0, 6-0, in the third-singles bout to earn the Quakers' fourth point, but when Esperanza Cadena knocked off Megan Kimpel at third singles and Julia Kelly pulled out a 6-4, 7-5 first-singles win over Guilford's Makayla McLaurin, the score was tied.

Guilford's doubles play was strong as all three teams posted wins. McLaurin and Taylor formed the Quakers' top tandem and dispatched of Cadena and Kelly, 6-2. La Ganza and Calton took down Oechslin and Korlison by the same score. The closest match was at third doubles were Guilford's Kimpel and Dakota McLean topped Anderson and Alexis Gonzales, 6-4.

Kleimeier's Quakers return home to host Salem College Sunday (2/24) at 12 noon on the McMichael Centennial Class Courts.