Railsplitters hold on for 8-1 victory against Lees-McRae

HARROGATE, Tenn. --- Hillary Lutz (Shelby, N.C.) won her singles matchup, and Taylor Bost (Jefferson, Ga.) pushed her flight to a third-set tiebreak to pace the Lees-McRae College women's tennis team on Wednesday afternoon, as Lincoln Memorial University held on for an 8-1 victory in non-conference play.

Lincoln Memorial's (4-4) duo of Leah Donoff and Aura Penalosa kicked off doubles action with an 8-3 victory over Lees-McRae's (0-8) tandem of Samantha Wohlers (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) and Lutz, as Alexandra Granger and Summer Robinson won an 8-4 decision against Bost and Stevie Harrell (Morganton, N.C.). The Railsplitters were awarded the third flight by default.

Donoff opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Wohlers, before Lutz answered with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Penalosa to cut the lead to 4-1. Harrell battled throughout her fourth flight match, as Kelsey Vinsant held on for a 7-5, 7-5 victory to clinch the team decision for Lincoln Memorial. Robinson rallied for a three-set win at No. 3 singles, holding on to defeat Bost, 1-6, 6-4, 14-12, as the Railsplitters were awarded the fifth and sixth flights by default.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Friday when the Bobcats travel to Misenheimer, N.C. to resume their Conference Carolinas schedule with a 2 p.m. matchup against Pfeiffer University.

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