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Scarlet and gray cruise past Belmont Abbey, 8-1

Wolves earn first triumph of the season

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NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College women's tennis team improved to 1-5 on the season after an 8-1 victory over the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at the Cannon Courts on Sunday.

The 8-1 score served as the largest margin of victory for the Wolves since winning by the same score against Mars Hill nearly two seasons ago.

"This was an important win in terms of being a confidence builder," said second year head coach Catherine Dunagan. "We came out today and played our best match of the season. If we can continue to build on our play, I feel we can keep the successes going as we enter our conference schedule."

Getting things started for the scarlet and gray were Marina Ziehe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Shannon McManus (Charleston, S.C.) in the first doubles match. The pair was able to walk away with an 8-3 win over Brooke Ingram and Molly Gwaltney.

Not wanting to be outdone, Amanda Simmons (Saluda, S.C.) and Lindsay Kyzer (Saluda, S.C.) picked up another team point for the squad, easing their way to an 8-1 victory over Abby Poetker and Paige French. Wrapping up the doubles matches were Stephanie Matthews (Saluda, S.C.) and Sierra Hoover (Duncan, S.C.) who scored an 8-2 win over Bridget Franer and Emily Rogers.

The pack carried its success from the doubles matches to the singles bouts as Ziehe opened up one-on-one play with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ingram. McManus followed suit with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Gwaltney and Simmons finished up the first half of singles play by beating Franer 6-0, 6-1.

Matthews picked up her first win of 2011 with a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Poetker. The Newberry shutout was broken up when Kyzer dropped a hard fought match to French. The Crusader earned a set one victory with a 7-6 tally. The set was settled with a 7-5 tiebreaker going to French. Despite inspired play, Kyzer could not extend the match to a third set as she fell 6-3 in the second set.

The match was finished up by Hoover, who won in straight sets against Rogers.

The Wolves will pack up their equipment and head to Dahlonega, Ga. for a tilt with the North Georgia Saints. The action is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 22).


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