Women’s Tennis Rolls in Season Opener

Women’s Tennis Rolls in Season Opener

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team (1-0) earned a tough non-conference victory as they defeated Pfeiffer University (0-1), 7-2 on Friday afternoon.

All of the Knights doubles teams came out ready to play as they each handily defeated their opponents, giving up no more than three games at any of the positions. This tough play gave Southern Virginia a 3-0 cushion heading into singles play.

In singles, Senior Lauren Morrison was the first Knight to finish as she used an impressive selection of shots to fight off her opponent 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles flight. Freshman Rachel Neeleman was the next to finish for the Knights, clinching the fifth and deciding point. Rachel overcame some solid play from her opponent to take a well-earned 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 1 singles position.

Of the other four Knights that took the court, they went 2-2 including big wins from Freshman Alyssa Sewell and Junior Audrey McBride. These matches helped Southern Virginia win in decisive fashion, 7-2.

Head Coach Deidra Dryden, had good things to say about how her team executed, "I was really happy with how we came out in doubles. We have been working on new doubles teams and the girls worked hard and came out strong. We look forward to continued leadership from Senior Lauren Morrison, and I'm excited at the performance of Freshman Rachel Neeleman at No. 1 singles."

The Knights will next take the court to face off against Randolph College on October 6th. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Lynchburg, Virginia.