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Tennis Teams Drop Tight Matches With LR

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Lenoir-Rhyne held on to win both South Atlantic Conference tennis matches against host Catawba on Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center. The Bears won 5-4 on the men’s side and 6-3 in the women’s match.  The LR men go to 12-6 overall and 3-4 in the SAC with the women standing at 9-7 and 2-5. The Catawba men are 5-9 and 2-6 with the women 4-11 and 0-8.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s men took a 3-0 lead after doubles and were just able to hang on, winning two singles. Three of the six singles matches went to three sets with the other three having a tiebreaker decide one of the sets. Ryen Reid and Samuel Schwarz were winners in three sets for Catawba. Luca Picci earned a win with a second-set tiebreaker and Cason Hiers won, taking his first set in a tiebreaker. Tales Miranda won the big match for LR as he rallied for a three-set win, taking the final set in a tiebreaker.

Catawba’s women also battled in tight matches. LR won two of three doubles, including #1 in a tiebreaker. Sophie Hirsch combined with Kristen Rocko for a win at #2 doubles then won her singles match at #2. Erisa Onchi claimed a win at #1 for Catawba, but the Bears won the lower four flights, including two in three sets.

The tennis teams will be in action on Friday, hosting Mars Hill at 1 pm in matches originally scheduled for Saturday.

MEN’S MATCH RESULTS
LENOIR-RHYNE 5, CATAWBA 4
Singles
1. Luca Picci (C) d. Hamed Gandouz 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Tales Miranda (LR) d. Lucas Miller 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
3. Ryen Reid (C) d. Shane O'Dea 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
4. Cason Hiers (C) d. Tomas Hons 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
5. Samuel Schwarz (C) d. Alex Ayguavives 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
6. Paul Lenz (LR) d. Adam Rocko 7-6 (7-1), 6-4

Doubles
1. Gandouz/O'Dea (LR) d. Picci/Miller 8-3
2. Hons/Lenz (LR) d. Reid/Hiers 8-6
3. Miranda/Alex Sanchez (LR) d. Schwarz/Rocko 8-5
RECORDS: Lenoir-Rhyne 12-6, 3-4 SAC; Catawba 5-9, 2-6 SAC.


WOMEN’S MATCH RESULTS
LENOIR-RHYNE 6, CATAWBA 3
Singles
1. Erisa Onchi (C) d. Iulia Ponomareva 6-0, 6-1
2. Sophie Hirsch (C) d. Marta Escanero Funes 7-5, 6-4
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) d. Olivia Wooldridge 7-5, 6-2
4. Emily Murchland (LR) d. Kristen Rocko 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
5. Sanne Janssen (LR) d. Emily Corcoran 6-3, 6-0
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) d. Kirsten Saltus 2-6, 6-3, 10-5

Doubles
1. Murchland/Janssen (LR) d. Onchi/Wooldridge 8-7 (7-5)
2. Hirsch/Rocko (C) d. Funes/Fredrickson 8-6
3. Ponomareva/Kalkenova (LR) d. Corcoran/Saltus 8-6
RECORDS: Lenoir-Rhyne 9-7, 2-5 SAC, Catawba 4-11, 0-8 SAC.

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