By Daniel Whitehead
ETTRICK, Va.—Taking advantage of the open Spring Break time, the Southern Virginia University women's tennis team traveled to Virginia State University but dropped a 7-2 decision to the Trojans Tuesday afternoon in Ettrick, Va.
The freshman tandem of Anna Evans and Kari Stollenwerk proved to be superior over Trojans Sharmane Tonkins and J. Simmons as the pair won by an 8-4 decision to start the meet in doubles play. However, Southern Virginia could not sustain the momentum as the pairings of Lauren Morrison and Katelynn Tlustek and Micah Roberts and Kirsten Laurence fell to their Trojan counterparts by respective 8-1 and 8-3 scores.
Southern Virginia struggled in singles action as five of six Knights fell to the Trojans. Zaire Simmons of VSU defeated freshman Lauren Morrison in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, before Knight sophomore Kirsten Laurence was overcome by Brittany Uzzell by a 6-0, 6-0 tally. Nakesha Harry of VSU then topped freshman Micah Roberts, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch a Trojan victory with a winning fifth point.
The Knights' Katelynn Tlustek was defeated in two sets, 6-0, 6-1, before Virginia State's Kayla Kale defeated freshman Evans by a 6-0, 6-3 score.
Sophomore Katie Durrant won the Knights' sole singles victory by ending the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over VSU's Jessica Smith.
Tennis Match Results
Southern Virginia University vs. Virginia State
Mar 11, 2014 at Ettrick, Va.
(VSU Tennis Courts)
Virginia State 7, Southern Virginia University 2
1. Zaire Simmons (VSU) def. Lauren Morrison (SVUW) 6-1, 6-1
2. Brittany Uzzell (VSU) def. Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) 6-0, 6-0
3. Nakesha Harry (VSU) def. Micah Roberts (SVUW) 6-3, 6-4
4. Sharmane Tonkins (VSU) def. Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kayla Kale (VSU) def. Anna Evans (SVUW) 6-0, 6-3
6. Katie Durrant (SVUW) def. Jessica Smith (VSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Brittany Uzzell/Zaire Simmons (VSU) def. Lauren Morrison/Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) 8-1
2. Nakesha Harry/Kayla Kale (VSU) def. Micah Roberts/Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) 8-3
3. Anna Evans/Kari Stollenwerk (SVUW) def. Sharmane Tonkins/J. Simmons (VSU) 8-4
Southern Virginia University 1-5
Virginia State 3-0