HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bates junior Lauren Hernandez's 7-6(3), 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles over Ashley Walker decided the No. 30 nationally ranked Bobcats' 5-4 victory over NESCAC rival Trinity on Thursday, over six hours after the match began.
The Bobcats (6-7, 2-2 NESCAC) won two out of three doubles matches and grinded out a split of the six singles matches to earn a key conference win. Bates next will host Middlebury on Saturday at 3:30pm.
A 7-5, 6-1 win for Trinity's Jillian Winer over Bates junior Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) evened the match at 4-4, after Bates sophomore Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) had given the Bobcats a 4-3 lead with her 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Elena Pellegrini at No. 1 singles.
Bates junior Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) won the Bobcats' first singles point, a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Krista Jiranek at No. 4.
Sweeney and Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) also combined on an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles over Winer and Marta Drausnik. Elfman and Rovinski scored the first point of the match with an 8-1 win at third doubles over Morgan Wilkins and Lily Everett.