Photo courtesy of Dakota Tittle
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's tennis team plays three Conference Carolinas matches this week, beginning with hosting King (Tenn.) on Wednesday (Apr. 10) at 3 p.m. The Bobcats then travel to Barton on Saturday (Apr. 13) for a 2 p.m. contest, followed by a 12 p.m. match at Chowan on Sunday (Apr. 14). The Bobcats round out the regular season hosting Limestone on Monday (Apr. 15) for a 1:30 p.m. start.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 11-10 overall and 3-4 in Conference Carolinas, with a combined 32-29 doubles record as well as 51 combined singles wins. Sandy Allen and Nursharneem Shamsuddin lead the team in doubles play with 12 wins, while Jaden Acklin and Rebecca Pierce have eight wins in doubles play. Zeynep Cakirer and Mackenzie Langmade have seven wins as a doubles tandem, while Acklin and Dakota Tittle also have three wins in doubles play. Two other doubles pairs have contributed one win each. Acklin leads the team in singles play with 11 wins, while Cakirer also has 10. Langmade has totaled eight singles wins so far, while Pierce and Shamsuddin each have seven wins in singles play. Langmade has won six singles matches, while Tittle has also contributed one win.
About the Opponents - King (Tenn.) enters the week at 1-13 overall and 0-8 in Conference Carolinas, with eight combined doubles wins and 19 combined singles wins. Isla Bell and Murphy Harr lead the team with four wins in doubles play, while four other doubles tandems each have one win on the season. Harr and Marilyn Roustand each share the team lead with four singles wins, while Vanessa Francois and Lauren Smorgonsky each have three singles wins. Bell and Morgan Buchanan each have two wins in singles play, while Jordyn Karmatz also has one win in singles play.
Barton enters the week at 11-6 overall and 4-2 in Conference Carolinas, hosting Mount Olive on Wednesday (Apr. 10) before hosting Lees-McRae. The Bulldogs have combined for a 30-17 doubles record, as well as a 64-34 singles record. Isabella Caballero and Claudia Capellades lead the team with 11 doubles wins, while Vanessa Sanoja and Ada Vargas also have five wins in doubles play. Two other doubles pairs each have four wins, while Vargas and Daria Avram have two wins and Whitney Hamilton and Grace McCartney also have one doubles win. Caballero leads the team with 13 singles wins, while Marissa Stevenson also has 11. Avram and Capellades each have nine singles wins, while Sanoja also has eight. Vargas has contributed seven wins in singles play, while McCartney has two singles wins and Hamilton has one.
Chowan enters the week at 1-15 overall and 1-8 in Conference Carolinas, hosting King (Tenn.) on Saturday (Apr. 13) before welcoming the Bobcats on Sunday (Apr. 14). The Hawks have combined for eight doubles wins and 23 singles wins. Angelique Gouin and Julieta Lecce lead the team with five wins in doubles play, while Cynthia Carrier and Arina Karbolina also have three wins in doubles play. Carrier and Karbolina share the team lead in singles wins with seven, while Lecce also has six singles wins. Gouin has also contributed three singles wins so far on the season.
Limestone enters the week at 8-6 overall and 7-0 in Conference Carolinas, hosting Warren Wilson on Wednesday (Apr. 10) and Emmanuel (Ga.) on Friday (Apr. 12) before coming to Banner Elk. The Saints have combined for a 20-19 combined doubles record and also a combined 42-35 singles record. Laura Aholu and Camile Haus lead the team with eight doubles wins, while Ana Chirila and Ruby Kubac have seven wins in doubles play. Alexandra Dolfi and Felicitas Picinini also have three wins in doubles play. Dolfi leads the team in singles play with 10 wins, while Chirila also has eight singles wins. Aholu and Haus each have seven singles wins, while Kubac has six and Picinini also has two.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 11th meeting between Lees-McRae and King (Tenn.) in women's tennis. Lees-McRae leads the series in that time 9-1.
Since 2006, this will be the 14th meeting between Lees-McRae and Barton in women's tennis. Barton leads the series in that span 9-4.
This will be just the second meeting between Lees-McRae and Chowan in women's tennis, with Chowan winning last year's matchup.
Since 2006, this will be the 17th meeting between Lees-McRae and Limestone in women's tennis. Limestone leads the series in that span 12-4.