With the whole squad journeying to Chapel Hill for this Power Five-laden tournament featuring the likes of Duke and NC State, the Kitty Harrison Invitational marked the end of the fall season for the Penn State.
Nine players suited up for the Nittany Lions on Friday, with notable wins like Frederikke Svarre and Chelsea Sawyer dispatching the Old Dominion duo 7-6 (5) in doubles. However, the newly-appointed captains Samantha Smith and Shannon Hanley lost out to their foes 6-4 in the same series.
The Nittany Lions did not fare well against South Carolina and East Carolina in doubles, losing all five matches to the Gamecocks and the Pirates.
The Lions were victorious against William and Mary in doubles, with Gabby O’Gorman/Olivia Rohrbacher and Olivia Ryan/Sydney Weinberg sealing 8-4 wins against William and Mary oppositions.
The only win in singles on the first match day for Penn State came by way against NC State, with Gracey Hirsch triumphing over her doubles partner Dylan Cannon via super tiebreak in a 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 victory. The others are blanked against opponents from Duke, East Carolina and NC State.
The Nittany Lions split their four doubles matches on Saturday.
Sawyer and O’Gorman defeated their William and Mary foe, 8-5, while the junior pairing of Smith and Hanley came out on the losing end by the score of 8-3.
Hirsch and Ryan edged out the Delaware pair by the score of 8-7(4), and to wrap up the day, O’Gorman and Rohrbacher lost out in an 8-5 game against Furman.
Day three of the tournament saw Penn State face off against Charlotte and Elon in a series of singles matches with nine players featured.
In the Charlotte series, O’Gorman (6-3 6-1) and Hanley (3-6 6-4 10-2) picked up victories, while Smith (3-6 6-3 10-6), Rohrbacher (6-1 6-4) and Hirsch (6-1 6-4) suffered defeats.
In the Elon series, Penn State went .500 to finish up the tournament. Svarre (6-4 6-4) and Ryan (6-1 6-1) beat their opponents in straight sets, but Sawyer (6-2 4-6 10-8) and Weinberg (6-2 6-2) fell to their opposition.
The Nittany Lions will train for three more weeks to prepare for the spring season, but for now, this wraps up the competitive phase for the team until spring season comes along.