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Tennis Takes Pair Over Lenoir-Rhyne


SALISBURY, NC -- The Catawba women blanked Lenoir-Rhyne 9-0 and the men brushed aside the Bears 8-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center. The men improved to 13-5 overall and 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference while the women boosted their record to 8-9 and 1-3.

Sloan Kessler (Onalaska, WI/La Crosse Aquinas HS) battled through a three set match with Kelsey Love and came out on top 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at #1 singles. In other singles play, all of the Lady Indians won in straight sets with no one giving up more than four games total.

In doubles action the #1 team of Maggie McKee (Mt. Airy, NC/Mt. Airy HS) and Kessler edged the Bears’ Ivey Tant and Kelsey Love 8-6.

On the men’s side, Uri Yarkoni (Kelowna, BC, CANADA/Okanagan HS) and Thomas Mitchell (Nanaimo, BC, CANADA/Pendleton School) teamed up at #1 doubles to dispatch Aroon Khatter and Robby Blackburn of Lenoir-Rhyne 8-6.

Corey Eldridge (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township HS) had a strong performance at #6 singles to outlast Jarod Styres 6-0, 5-7, 10-2.

Catawba travels to Carson-Newman for a SAC contest on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 2 p.m.

1. Alex Macdonald (CATAWBA) def. Aroon Khatter (L-R) 7-6, 6-4
2. Thomas Mitchell (CATAWBA) def. Robby Blackburn (L-R) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jess Goodall (CATAWBA) def. Michael Owens (L-R) 6-2, 6-1
4. Matthew Nicholson (CATAWBA) def. Graydon Dunn (L-R), by default
5. David Richardson (L-R) def. Uri Yarkoni (CATAWBA) 7-5, 7-5
6. Corey Eldridge (CATAWBA) def. Jarod Styres (L-R) 6-0, 5-7, 10-2

1. Thomas Mitchell/Uri Yarkoni (CATAWBA) def. Aroon Khatter/Robby Blackburn (L-R) 8-6
2. Alex Macdonald/Matthew Nicholson (CATAWBA) def. David Richardson/Michael Owens (L-R) 8-0
3. Corey Eldridge/Jess Goodall (CATAWBA) def. Jarod Styres/Graydon Dunn (L-R) 8-2


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