By Daniel Whitehead
SWEET BRIAR, Va.—Getting back into action after a four-month break, the Southern Virginia University women's tennis team fought hard against host Sweet Briar College but fell by a close 5-4 score Friday evening at Upchurch Field House in Sweet Briar, Va.
Freshman Anna Evans highlighted the Knights' efforts as she won in both singles and doubles play, assisting her doubles partner Kari Stollenwerk to a 6-2 victory over the Vixens' Sixtine Abrial and Georgia Kikland. Evans also defeated Kikland in a single match, 6-0, 6-3, to complete the dual.
"It's never fun to come up on the losing end but overall we played a pretty good match," said Southern Virginia head coach Deidra Dryden. "I was pleased that we played hard and hung in there. Evans had a great day and Micah Roberts did a nice job winning a close singles match."
Southern Virginia's Kirsten Laurence and Roberts teamed up in a 6-1 loss to SBC's Ashley Fletcher and Gina Rutledge before Lauren Morrison and newcomer Katelynn Tlustek fell in a hard-fought 6-3 battle to the Vixens' Glory Bowman and Caitlin Delmas.
Opening singles play, Southern Virginia freshman Katie Durrant defeated SBC's Megan Johnston, 6-3, 6-1, before Morrison fell, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 1 singles play. Rutledge defeated Southern Virginia's Laurence, 6-0, 6-1, before Tlustek fell, 6-3, 6-0 to SBC's Bowman.
The Knights finished the dual with two singles victories as Roberts defeated Ashley Fletcher, 8-5, before Evans' 6-0, 6-3 defeat of the Vixens' Kikland.
Southern Virginia returns home for the first time this season to face Randolph College Thursday on its brand new tennis courts. Doubles action will kick the event off at 3 p.m. at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Tennis Match Results
Southern Virginia University vs. Sweet Briar College
Feb 21, 2014 at Sweet Briar
(Upchurch Field House)
Sweet Briar College 5, Southern Virginia University 4
1. Caitlin Delmas (SBC) def. Lauren Morrison (SVUW) 6-1, 6-0
2. Glory Bowman (SBC) def. Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) 6-3, 6-0
3. Gina Rutledge (SBC) def. Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) 6-0, 6-1
4. Micah Roberts (SVUW) def. Ashley Fletcher (SBC) 8-5
5. Anna Evans (SVUW) def. Georgia Kikland (SBC) 6-0, 6-3
6. Katie Durrant (SVUW) def. Megan Johnston (SBC) 6-3, 6-1
1. Glory Bowman/Caitlin Delmas (SBC) def. Lauren Morrison/Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) 6-3
2. Ashley Fletcher/Gina Rutledge (SBC) def. Kirsten Laurence/Micah Roberts (SVUW) 6-1
3. Anna Evans/Kari Stollenwerk (SVUW) def. Sixtine Abrial/Georgia Kikland (SBC) 6-2
Southern Virginia University 0-1
Sweet Briar College 1-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,3,2,4,5)
windy and wet, moved match to Upchurch Field House courts