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Chanelle Clare teamed with Autise Mortimer for an 8-4 win in doubles action
Chanelle Clare teamed with Autise Mortimer for an 8-4 win in doubles action

Lady Indian Tennis drops 7-2 decision to Ferris State

Box Score

NEWBERRY, S.C - The Newberry College Lady Indian tennis squad fell, 7-2, Tuesday afternoon to Ferris State University at the Cannon Tennis Courts. The loss drops Newberry to 0-7 on the 2008 campaign, while Ferris State improves to 5-11.

The match started with a breathtaking duel in No. 1 doubles. Lauren Hartley (Beamsville, Ontario, Canada) and Bethany Poppe (Califon, N.J.) finished the regulation portion of their match with Amy Ingle an Ann Grant tied at 8, but fell 7-4 in the tiebreak, giving the Bulldogs the first point of the day.

The Lady Indians tied things up, however, in the 2nd flight, as the Bahamian duo of Autise Mortimer (Nassau, Bahamas) and Chanelle Clare (Nassau, Bahamas) took an 8-4 win over Daniela Dimas and Jessie Conklin. The Bulldogs would take the final doubles point, as Kelly Ewert and Sarah Thompson vanquished Kelly Cheesborough (Harlem, Ga.) and Danielle Beckerle (St. Louis, Mo.) 8-2.

FSU would stretch their lead in opening flight doubles, as Ingle stayed perfect on the afternoon with a 6-2, 7-5 decision. But Hartley would muscle Newberry within a point with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Grant in the second flight.

Ferris State would put the match away with victories in the final four singles matches. Dimas took a tough three-setter from Clare, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 in the third flight, and Conklin squeezed past Poppe in the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-4 decision. Ferris State ended the day with Emily Henry's 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) win over Brittany Grooms (Sumter, S.C.), and Ewert's 6-0, 6-1 victory over Cheesborough.

Newberry coach Juan Pablo Favero reamins optimistic that the team's first win is forthcoming.

"The girls are very close, and I am proud of their effort today," Favero said. "Our doubles teams are playing better, and we continue to work towards our first win."

Newberry hopes that first win comes Thursday when they host future South Atlantic Conference member Brevard.

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