Sumter, S.C.--The Lees-McRae women's tennis team (#6) upset Anderson University (#3) 5-4 this morning in the Conference Carolinas Championship Tournament in Sumter, S.C. With the win the Lady Bobcats even their record at 10-10 (5-5 conference) and advance to the second round through the winner's bracket. They will face Limestone College (#2) at 9:00am Saturday morning.
In doubles action the Lady Trojans' duo of McDonald/Lawler took an 8-5 win over Amanda Nascimento (Vitoria, Brazil)/Cameron Joyce (Lenoir, N.C.) at No. 1, then gained another point when Aheychenko/Goncalves defeated doubles team Ashley Mayers (Miami, FL)/Christine Vanard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) by a score of 8-4. The Lady Bobcats then seized their first point of the day when Andrea Balaszova (Prague, Czech Republic)/Renee Roverson (Salisbury, N.C.) defeated Gorman/Beal 8-3.
Down 2-1 after doubles action, the Lady Bobcats rallied in singles. Balaszova defeated her Beal 6-3, 6-1 at the two slot, then Ashley Mayers (All-Conference Honorable Mention) added another point to the Lady Bobcats' tally winning 6-1, 6-0 over McDonald at the three. Sophomore Joyce took a 6-2, 6-2 win over Goncalves. The Lady Trojans took wins at the four and six, with Lawler defeating Nasicmento 6-3, 6-0 and Haddad winning 6-1, 6-1 over Katie Hawkins (Old Fort, N.C.).
With the score tied four-all the stage was set for a showdown between Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and All-Conference First Team winner Christine Vanard and freshman Margarita Aheychenko, also an All-Conference First Team award winner. Earlier in the year Aheychenko defeated Vanard in a three set match at Anderson. This time, at a neutral site and with the match on the line, it was Vanard who came out on top taking a 6-4, 7-6(4) win to advance her team through the winner's bracket.
It was a great match. I was very proud of the way Christine played under pressure," commented Coach Paul Goode. "Christine played her best match of the year in a tough situation. She really came through for us when we needed her most."
Pictured: Christine Vanard