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Lauren Hartley won in both singles and doubles in her final collegiate tennis match
Lauren Hartley won in both singles and doubles in her final collegiate tennis match

Lady Indians eliminated from SAC Tournament, 5-3, by Tusculum

Lady Pioneers to face Carson-Newman Saturday for SAC title

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Lady Indians of Newberry College fell Saturday to No. 37 Tusculum College, 5-3, in the semifinals of the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament.

Heidi von der Lage (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) clinched the winning point with her 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles as second-seeded Tusculum edged No. 6 Newberry 5-3.

Tusculum (19-3, ranked No. 37 in NCAA Division II) jumped out to a 2-1 advantage as the second-flight pairing of Amanda Pike (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Jennifer Sparks (Missouri City, Texas) won 8-6 over Chanelle Clare (Nassau, Bahamas) and Bethany Poppe (Califon, N.J.).  Bronwyn Hartley (Beamsville, Ontario, Canada) and Blake Thompson also posted an 8-3 win over Danielle Beckerle (St. Louis, Mo.) and Kelly Cheesborough (Harlem, Ga.) at No. 3 doubles.

TC looked to be on their way to a win at No. 1 doubles, but the Newberry pair of Lauren Hartley (Beamsville, Ontario, Canada) and Autise Mortimer (Nassau, Bahamas) battled back from a 6-1 deficit, scoring the final seven points of the fray to win 8-6 over Caroline Crowe (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Katelyn Doss (Bristol, Va.).

It was a close contest in singles as well as three matches went into three sets, including come-from-behind wins by Lauren Hartley and Mortimer.  Lauren Hartley rallied to beat Sparks 26-, 6-4, 6-4, while Mortimer defeated her teammate’s sister, Bronwyn Hartley 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 2 flight.

Tusculum got a big point from Doss at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-3, while Thompson won her fifth flight match with Beckerle, 6-0, 6-0 to give TC a 4-3 advantage.  TC got the final point from von der Lage at No. 6 singles as the Pioneers avenge last year’s semifinal loss to the Lady Indians.

"I'm proud of the way our girls battled today," Coach Juan Pablo Favero said after the match. "We lost to a better team that was on top of their game, but we never quit and we never gave less than our best effort."

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