By Wesley Evans
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite having a 1-2 record in the fall season, the Southern Virginia University women's tennis team bounced back to earn six victories in the spring and also picked up its first ever win over a member of the Capital Athletic Conference.
Finishing its 2013-14 campaign with a 7-13 record, Southern Virginia picked up a key win early on in the fall season over Lynchburg College by an 8-1 margin.
When the Knights came back for their first match in the spring, they fell in a close contest with Sweet Briar College, 5-4, but came back with a solid 5-4 win over Ferrum College in mid-March.
Southern Virginia picked up another 5-4 victory over Mary Baldwin College before rallying off three straight wins over Bluefield College, Averett University and NCAA Division II member Virginia Union University.
In mid-April, women's tennis earned its first ever CAC victory with a 6-3 win over Penn State Harrisburg on the road.
Sophomore Katie Durrant posted strong performances in her seven singles matches, going 6-1 during the season. She picked up victories over two CAC opponents, defeating her individual foes from Penn State Harrisburg and Frostburg State.
First -year players Micah Roberts and Kari Stollenwerk also brought solid campaigns to the team this season. Roberts finished 8-10 in her singles matches while rotating between the No. 2 and 3 positions most of the year. The Canby, Ore., native earned a strong 8-8 record in her doubles matches.
Stollenwerk finished with a .500 record during her first season, going 7-7 in her singles matches while finishing 9-8 in doubles competition with freshman partner Anna Evans. The two combined for a team best 19-16 record in all doubles matches.
Women's tennis will look to build off this year as it enters into its second season as members of the Capital Athletic Conference.