Women’s Tennis Takes Victory Over Virginia Union

Women’s Tennis Takes Victory Over Virginia Union

By Wesley Evans

BUENA VISTA, Va. –The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team extended its winning streak as it defeated visiting NCAA Division II member Virginia Union University, 6-3, Wednesday evening at The Fields.

In doubles competition, Micah Roberts and Lauren Morrison won a tightly contested match at the No. 2 doubles as they defeated Deja Shabazz and Katrina Joe, 9-8 (7-3). Anna Evans and Kari Stollenwerk took care of their opponents easily, not losing a game as they won, 8-0. At No. 1 doubles, the Knights' Kirsten Laurence and Katelynn Tlustek fell in a close 8-6 decision.

In singles play, Virginia Union's Kiara Miller and Deja Shabazz won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 4 against Morrison and Evans.

In the No. 2 spot, Laurence edged out the Panthers' Ellie Parsons in a back-and-forth battle. The Bountiful, Utah, native came away with a 7-6 (16-14) victory in the first set before falling 3-6 in the second. In the tiebreaker session, Laurence pulled away winning 10-6 to take the match.

The Knights' Roberts, Stollenwerk and first-year player Shannon Romito all came away with singles victories, helping Southern Virginia to the win.

The Knights improve to 6-9 on the season, while Virginia Union drops to 1-8.

Women's tennis will look to extend its win streak Friday as it travels to Capital Athletic Conference leader Salisbury University (6-5, 2-0 CAC). Start time is scheduled for 2 pm.

Southern Virginia University 6, Virginia Union 3

Singles competition
1. Kiara Miller (VU) def. Lauren Morrison (SVUW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Kirsten Laurence (SVUW) def. Ellie Parsons (VU) 7-6 (16-14), 3-6, 10-6
3. Micah Roberts (SVUW) def. Katrina Joe (VU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Deja Shabazz (VU) def. Anna Evans (SVUW) 6-0, 6-1
5. Shannon Romito (SVUW) def. Christionne Taylor (VU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kari Stollenwerk (SVUW) def. DeJamine Byrson (VU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Kiara Miller/Ellie Parsons (VU) def. Kirsten Laurence/Katelynn Tlustek (SVUW) 8-6
2. Micah Roberts/Lauren Morrison (SVUW) def. Deja Shabazz/Katrina Joe (VU) 9-8 (7-3)
3. Anna Evans/Kari Stollenwerk (SVUW) def. Christionne Taylor/DeJamine Byrson (VU) 8-0