Newberry falls in SAC Tournament Final to Presbyterian, 5-0
Lady Indians await potential regional bid following best season ever
April 21, 2007
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Top-seeded Presbyterian College defeated No. 2 seed Newberry College 5-0 Saturday afternoon in the championship match of the 2007 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Tournament. The match was held at the Nichols Tennis Complex on the campus of Tusculum College.
The Lady Blue Hose (14-5) capture its 14th SAC Tournament title and third in a row. Newberry's magical run in the tournament comes to an end as the Lady Indians (11-7) were competing in their first SAC Tournament final.
PC was led by senior Catherine Bankhead (Amarillo, Texas), as she was named the SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Bankhead, a All-SAC First Team selection, went 3-0 in doubles play during the tournament and recorded a singles win earlier on Saturday against fourth-seeded Mars Hill.
The Lady Blue Hose swept three doubles matches, including an 8-4 pro set win by the No. 1 duo of Bankhead and Abby Diminich against Newbery's top tandem of SAC Freshman of the Year Autise Mortimer (Nassau, Bahamas) and All-SAC selection Lauren Hartley (Beamsville, Ontario, Canada).
Brittany Lanford (Florence, S.C.) recorded PC's fourth point of the match with her straight set (6-0, 6-0) win over Newberry's Bethany Poppe (Califon, N.J.) at No. 6 singles. SAC Player of the Year Lauren Brown (Gaffney, S.C.) clinched the winning point with her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Mortimer at the No. 1 flight.
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No. 1 Presbyterian 5, No. 2 Newberry 0
1 - Lauren Brown (PC) def. Autise Mortimer, 6-1, 6-2
2 - Lisa Moyer (PC) vs. Lauren Hartley (NC), DNF
3 - Catherine Bankhead (PC) vs. Isabel Kreidler (NC), DNF
4 - Abby Diminich (PC) vs. Tanea Miller (NC), DNF
5 - Kari Fuller (PC) vs. Chanelle Clare (NC), DNF
6 - Brittany Lanford (PC) def. Bethany Poppe, 6-0, 6-0
1 - Bankhead/Diminich (PC) def. Mortimer/Hartley, 8-4
2 - Brown/Virginia Waldron (PC) def. Kreidler/Poppe, 8-3
3 - Moyer/Lanford (PC) def. Clare/Miller, 8-1
Records: Presbyterian 14-5; Newberry 11-7