Tennis (W)

Women's Tennis Loses to Tusculum 5-4 in SAC Tournament


GREENEVILLE, TC -- Tusculum rallied for a 5-4 win over visiting Catawba to advance to the semifinals of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Nichols Tennis Complex.  The third-seeded Pioneers improve to 15-5, while the sixth-seeded Catawba Indians end their season at 13-12.

           Samantha Cantu rallied from a set down to win a three-set thriller at No. 3 singles to lift the Pioneers to the win.  Catawba jumped out to a 2-1 advantage after doubles play as the visitors captured points at the top two flights.  Lauren Fluegge and KT Rebadow outlasted the Tusculum duo of Danae Valderrama and Cantu, 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.  Julia McKinzie and Andi Binney tallied Catawba's second point with an 8-4 win over Bronwyn Hartley and Caroline Crowe at #2.  TC salvaged a point at No. 3 doubles as Amanda Pike and Jennifer Sparks defeated Meri Cartmill and Nikiah Knox by an 8-1 count.
            The two teams would split the first four singles matches.  Valderrama defeated Fluegge 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, while McKinzie answered with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over TC's Sparks at No. 2 singles.  Hartley rebounded from her doubles set back with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Rebadow at the No. 4 flight, while Knox gave the Catawba Indians a 4-3 advantage with her 6-4, 7-6 victory at the No. 6 singles.
            Pike tied the match at 4-4 with her grueling 7-6, 7-5 win over Cartmill at No. 5 singles, leaving the third flight match as the deciding point.  Binney captured the first set 6-4, but Cantu answered with a 6-0 win in the second frame and took the third set 6-3.


#1 Danae Valderrama (T) d. Lauren Fluegge 6-4, 6-3
#2 Julia McKinzie (C) d. Jennifer Sparks 6-1, 7-5
#3 Samantha Cantu (T) d. Andi Binney 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
#4 Bronwyn Hartley (T) d. KT Rebadow 6-3, 6-1
#5 Amanda Pike (T) d. Meri Cartmill 7-6, 7-5
#6 Nikiah Knox (C) d. Caroline Crowe 6-4, 7-6
#1 Fluegge/Rebadow (C) d. Valderrama/Cantu 8-6
#2 McKinzie/Binney (C) d. Hartley/Crowe 8-4
#3 Pike/Sparks (T) d. Cartmill/Knox 8-1

RECORDS: Tusculum 15-5; Catawba 13-12

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