Women's Tennis Extends Streak to Seven

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Written by Chris Pendleton

ASHLAND, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team continued the second-longest winning streak in the program's five-year history on Tuesday with a 7-2 victory at Randolph-Macon College making it seven straight wins for the Knights.

"We're really clicking right now," said fourth-year head coach Deidra Dryden. "We're not satisfied though. We have some really challenging matches ahead and we want to continue to improve until our final match of the year."

Southern Virginia (7-1) swept all three doubles matches and then took the No. 1 through No. 4 singles matches before dropping both the fifth and sixth-seeded matches. 

The Knights' fourth-seeded singles player Ivy Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) improved to 7-0 in singles competition this season, while twin sisters No. 1 Rachel Reid (Woodland Hills, Utah) and No. 2 Rebekah Reid (Woodland Hills, Utah) increased their singles records to 6-1 and 7-1 respectively.

Southern Virginia's fourth singles win at Randolph-Macon came from No. 3 Bethany Johnson (Alpine, Utah), who climbed to 6-2 on the season.

With Tuesday's win, Southern Virginia improved to 36-11 (.766) in singles competition and 17-6 (.739) in dual matches.

Women's tennis plays a back-to-back matches this weekend at Meredith College on Friday, Mar. 30 and then against Methodist University in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, Mar. 31.

If the Knights are able to win both matches this weekend, they'll tie the program's longest winning streak of nine games set by last year's women's team that won a program-best 15 games.