Women’s Tennis Defeats Emory & Henry in Season Opener

Women’s Tennis Defeats Emory & Henry in Season Opener

By Paul Monson

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team routed the Emory and Henry Wasps 8-1 on Saturday, after sweeping the doubles and winning five of the six singles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Elizabeth Fuchs dispatched her opponent with a 6-2 6-2 victory. Freshman Alex Arbuckle added a big win for the Knights at No. 2 singles and was the only player to not lose a game in singles or doubles. Rachel Christensen also won handily, beating her opponent 6-1 6-1 at the No. 3 singles position.

Despite a tough second set effort from her opponent, Natalie Teets managed to pull off a 6-2 7-5 win at No. 4. Freshman Mercedes Matley won 6-2 6-0 at No. 6.

Laura Elko was unable to solve her opponent at No. 5 singles, despite fighting off her opponent for the majority of the first set.

Team captain, Lauren Morrison, who had to watch from the sideline with a minor tear in her rotator cuff said, "I'm really excited for this new team. We have a mix of new talented freshmen, returned missionaries, and returning players."

"If we work hard and focus on our individual strengths, we could go far this upcoming season," she said. Morrison is expected to recover for the traditional spring season.

The Knights hope to continue their success on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. in Petersburg, Virginia against NCAA D-II opponent Virginia State University.