By Zachary Bowers
BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team recorded one of the best seasons in program history, finishing with a 14-7 record, the second-most wins in program history, and the second Capital Athletic Conference playoff appearance.
The key to the Knights' success this season was the depth and experience of the team. This was evident many times during the year, including in the first match of the spring when Lauren Morrison and Natalie Teets Tetterton pulled out key victories for the Knights at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots to edge Lynchburg College 5-4. This year's eight-man roster included just one freshman.
"Elizabeth Fuchs and Rachel Christensen led our team at the top and developed into a tough doubles team," head women's tennis coach Deidra Dryden said. "Lauren Morrison finished the season with the best record of any player since we have been in the Capital Athletic Conference."
Morrison anchored down the number three singles position for much of the spring, posting a 13-2 record.
Audrey McBride and Natalie Teets rotated in the No. 4 and No. 5 position much of the season, with Makaela Adamson and Laura Elko at No. 6. Adamson also teamed up with lone freshman Mercedes Matley at No. 3 doubles, posting a 7-1 record.
One of the biggest moments of the season came against CAC foe St. Mary's College (Md.). Last season, the Knights fell to the Seahawks 6-3. This year, the Knights stormed away with a 3-0 lead after doubles and then won four of the six singles matches to take the match 7-2 and qualify for the CAC playoffs.
Although the Knights fell to York (Pa.) in the first round of the playoffs, Coach Dryden was pleased with the highlight performance of Fuchs and Christensen with a win at No.1 doubles. The pair had fallen to the Spartans 8-5 during the regular season but routed their opponents 8-2 in the playoffs.
The Knights hope to make a deeper run into the CAC playoffs next season as they return this year's entire team.