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Wolves downed by Bears, 6-3

Parrish and Hoover pick up first win as a doubles team

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NEWBERRY, S.C. – Although the Wolves trailed by just one team point heading into the singles flights, they could not make up the ground they needed in order to score their first South Atlantic Conference victory of the season as they fell 6-3 to Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Wolves slip to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in the conference while the Bears improve to 1-8 and 1-4 in the SAC.

Marina Ziehe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Amanda Simmons (Saluda, S.C.) dropped their doubles match against Emily Mauser and Kelsey Love, 8-2, before Shannon McManus (Charleston, S.C.) and Lindsay Kyzer (Saluda, S.C.) narrowly lost, 8-5, to Cathryn Jarrett and Ivey Tant.

Picking up the slack for the Wolves was Sierra Hoover (Duncan, S.C.) and Sam Parrish (Angola, Ind.). The pair easily defeated Lizzie Warlick and Amanda Young by an 8-1 score to give the tandem their first doubles victory. The victory was also the first of the year for Parrish on the courts, who was a standout volleyball player for Newberry earlier in the 2010-11 season.

In the singles flights, Ziehe jumped out to an early lead against Mauser, but gave up the final two sets to the Bear, falling by a score of 6-3, 1-6, 2-6. Simmons was on the wrong end of a 6-2, 6-1 match against Love before McManus picked up her second singles victory of the season with a 6-2 win over Tant who was forced to retire from the match.

In the No. 4 slot, Kyzer lost 6-3, 6-0 to Jarrett before Hoover scored her team-leading fifth singles win, this time over Warlick by a score of 6-3, 7-5.

In her first collegiate singles match, Parrish dropped set one 6-2 but nearly bounced back to tie the match. The freshman saw the deciding set head into a tiebreaker, but Young would pick up the first four points of the set en route to a 7-4 tiebreak score.

The pack will hit the road as they head to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on the Lincoln Memorial Ralisplitters on March 18. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.

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