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Chanelle Clare scored her first singles win of the year, 6-2, 6-2 over Sophie Denlinger
Chanelle Clare scored her first singles win of the year, 6-2, 6-2 over Sophie Denlinger

Lady Indians play LMU tough, fall 5-4

Decision is closest of the season for Juan Pablo Favero's team.

Box Score

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Playing their finest tennis to date, the Newberry College Lady Indian tennis team dropped a hard-fought 5-4 match to Lincoln Memorial University Monday at the Cannon Tennis Courts. The Lady Indians fall to 0-5 (0-1 SAC) with the loss, while LMU moves to 3-3 (2-0 SAC).

The afternoon started with a thriller at No.1 doubles, as Bethany Poppe (Califon, N.J.) and Lauren Hartley (Beamsville, Ontario, Canada) split their match 7-7 with Kathleen Rollet and Rachel Redmond. In the tiebreaker, Rollet and Redmond won 7-4 to claim the match's first point.

Newberry rebounded with a resounding win in the second flight, as Chanelle Clare (Nassau, Bahamas) and Autise Mortimer (Nassau, Bahamas) thumped Sophie Denlinger and Nicole Combs, 8-0. The win is the second in a row for the Bahamian pair. The Lady Railsplitters took the final doubles point, as Martina Rezic and Mandy Mills outfought Danielle Beckerle (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brittany Grooms (Sumter, S.C.) 8-2.

LMU also took the opening singles point, as Rollet scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Hartley, who was playing in the top flight for the first time this season. Newberry got off the deck to take the next three singles matches, with Mortimer beating Rezic 6-3, 6-0, Clare winning her first singles point of the year, 6-2, 6-2 over Denlinger, and Poppe taking down Mills 6-0, 6-2 for her first singles win of 2008.

The Lady 'Splitters took the win, however, with close victories in the final two singles contests. Redmond battled past Grooms, 6-3, 6-4, while Emily Osborne outlasted Beckerle, 6-0, 6-1.

Coach Juan Pablo Favero says an unexpected line-up change was partly to blame for the difficult loss. "Due to a last-minute decision, I changed the order of our singles players," Favero said. "I feel bad about that; it was an unusual decision and as a result some of our player's performances were affected."

Coming off their strongest performance of the season, the Lady Indians host No. 17 Georgia College & State Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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