2018-19 Women’s Tennis Season Recap

2018-19 Women’s Tennis Season Recap

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's tennis team finished off their 2018-19 season with a 15-5 overall record and a 4-3 CAC mark, both of which are the best in program history.

The Knights continued to make history as Freshman Rachel Neeleman was selected as a member of the All-CAC Second Team in singles, which is the first time a Southern Virginia player has received the honor.

The Knights opened up the season 6-0, with wins over a tough ODAC opponent, Randolph College, 6-3, and a 7-2 rout of USA-South opponent Pfeiffer University.

The highlight of the season for the Knights may have come later in the season, however, as they faced off against Elizabethtown College. After a long, grueling three hour and thirty-minute battle, Southern Virginia found themselves down 4-3 with Senior Lauren Morrison and Sophomore Audrey McBride left on the court.

Morrison finished first, fending off her opponent 11-9 in a third-set super tiebreaker. With the match then tied at 4-4, McBride was able to gut out a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(1) win, also in a third-set breaker, clinching the match in a thriller, 5-4.

Southern Virginia was able to again do what they've never done before as they earned a victory in the first-round of the CAC tournament, dominating York College of Pennsylvania 5-0. The Knights then bowed out in the second-round of the tournament to the University of Mary Washington.

The Knights will be losing two key seniors in Lauren Morrison and Rachel Christensen as well as Rachel Neeleman who will be leaving on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Three of the Knights top six players will be returning in 2019-20, as well as the previous years No. 1 player Elizabeth Fuchs who will be returning from injury.

"This team worked incredibly hard and despite injuries had the strongest season in program history," said head coach Deidra Dryden. "I am very proud of this team."