By Daniel Whitehead
STAUNTON, Va.—Facing its third consecutive out-of-conference opponent, the Southern Virginia University women's tennis team earned its third victory of the year as it defeated host Mary Baldwin College by a close 5-4 score Friday afternoon at Lois Blackburn Tennis Facility in Staunton, Va.
The win snapped a two-match skid for the Knights (3-7), who earned its prior victory on March 13 on the road at Ferrum College.
Opening with doubles competition, Mary Baldwin's tandem of Meagan Barron and Kathryn Kelly defeated the Knights' Kirsten Laurence and Lauren Morrison, 8-4, for MBC's first point. Southern Virginia duos Micah Roberts/Katelynn Tlustek and Kari Stollenwerk/Anna Evans then earned respective 8-1 and 8-2 victories to pick up two crucial points for the Knights.
In singles play, MBC's Barron topped Southern Virginia's Morrison by a 6-3, 6-4 count before Mary Baldwin earned another win with Kelly defeating Knight Kirsten Laurence 7-5, 6-2.
Southern Virginia picked up two more points when Roberts beat MBC's Miangel Hite, 6-1, 6-1 and Tlustek overcoming Mary Baldwin's Jochebed Koomson by a 6-3, 6-4 tally.
Mary Baldwin's Jeni-Lee MacLaughlin earned one final point by topping Southern Virginia's Evans, but Knight Kari Stollenwerk preserved the Southern Virginia victory by defeating J. Heatherington in a sweep, 6-0, 6-0.
Women's tennis next competes Saturday afternoon against CAC opponent Christopher Newport. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Tennis Match Results
Southern Virginia vs Mary Baldwin College
Mar 21, 2014 at Mary Baldwin College
(Lois Blackburn Tennis Facility)
Southern Virginia 5, Mary Baldwin College 4
1. Meagan Barron (MBC) def. Lauren Morrison (SVUW) 6-3, 6-4
2. Kathryn Kelly (MBC) def. Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) 7-5, 6-2
3. Micah Roberts (SVUW) def. Miangel Hite (MBC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) def. Jochebed Koomson (MBC) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jeni-Lee MacLaughlin (MBC) def. Anna Evans (SVUW) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
6. Kari Stollenwerk (SVUW) def. J. Heatherington (MBC) 6-0, 6-0
1. Meagan Barron/Kathryn Kelly (MBC) def. Kirsten Laurence/Lauren Morrison (SVUW) 8-4
2. Micah Roberts/Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) def. Miangel Hite/Jochebed Koomson (MBC) 8-1
3. Kari Stollenwerk/Anna Evans (SVUW) def. Jeni-Lee MacLaughlin/J. Heatherington (MBC) 8-2
Southern Virginia 3-7
Mary Baldwin College 0-7