By Lancaster Brown
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team went on the road to face Lynchburg College and achieved an 8-1 victory to improve to 1-1 on the season Tuesday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va.
"I'm pleased with our team's effort," said Southern Virginia women's tennis coach Deidra Dryden. "Maren (Connolly) won a tough match with her consistent play, and Rebekah (Reid) got a nice win in both her singles and doubles matches to contribute to the team score."
The Knights won all six singles matches on the day. Connolly defeated Lynchburg's Melissa Drinkard 6-4, 6-1 before Reid topped LC's Betsy Stipa, 6-1, 6-2. Lauren Morrison beat Lynchburg's Madison Dixon 6-3, 6-4, while Kirsten Laurence followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over LC's Kelsey Dowling.
Freshman Micah Roberts then defeated Lynchburg's Hailey Bettencourt 1-6, 7-5, 13-11 in a three-set battle before Katie Durrant capped singles play with another Southern Virginia victory over Catherine So, 6-1, 6-3.
Southern Virginia also won two of the three doubles matches with their lone loss coming at the No. 1 position. Lynchburg's Betsy Stipa and Melissa Drinkard earned Lynchburg's point by defeating Connolly and Morrison, 8-6. Reid and Laurence teamed up to win their No. 2 doubles match over Lynchburg's Kelsey Dowling and Madison Dixon by a score of 8-1. Freshmen Brooke Sutton and Anna Evans then earned the Knights an 8-4 victory over Lizzy Pesen and Catherine So in the No. 3 doubles match.
Women's tennis will next face Randolph College on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Lynchburg, Va.
Tennis Match Results
Southern Virginia University vs Lynchburg College
Oct 01, 2013 at Lynchburg College
Southern Virginia University 8, Lynchburg College 1
1. Maren Connolly (SVUW) def. Melissa Drinkard (LCW) 6-4, 6-1
2. Rebekah Reid (SVUW) def. Betsy Stipa (LCW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Lauren Morrison (SVUW) def. Madison Dixon (LCW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) def. Kelsey Dowling (LCW) 6-2, 6-4
5. Micah Roberts (SVUW) def. Hailey Bettencourt (LCW) 1-6, 7-5, 13-11
6. Katie Durrant (SVUW) def. Catherine So (LCW) 6-1, 6-3
1. Betsy Stipa/Melissa Drinkard (LCW) def. Maren Connolly/Lauren Morrison (SVUW) 8-6
2. Rebekah Reid/Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) def. Kelsey Dowling/Madison Dixon (LCW) 8-1
3. Brooke Sutton/Anna Evans (SVUW) def. Lizzy Pesen/Catherine So (LCW) 8-4
Southern Virginia University 1-1
Lynchburg College 0-1