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Wolves run over Mountain Lions, 9-0

Scarlet and gray score first shutout since 2007

Box Score

NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Newberry College women’s tennis team played what could be considered its best match of the season so far as it shut out the visiting Young Harris Mountain Lions, 9-0.

The shutout by the Wolves was the first since a 5-0 defeat of the Wingate University Bulldogs in a 2007 South Atlantic Conference Tournament first round match.

After missing the conference match against No. 32 Wingate because of illness, Marina Ziehe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) returned to the courts showing no signs of sickness. The freshman teamed up with Amanda Simmons (Saluda, S.C.) in the first doubles flight and dispatched Sara Rodgers and Victoria Herndon by a score of 8-3.

The first year duo of Shannon McManus (Charleston, S.C.) and Sam Parrish (Angola, Ind.) earned their first victory as a doubles team with an 8-4 win over Sarah Deese and Kelly Boyd.

The Wolves would earn the sweep in the doubles matches after the Mountain Lions were only able to send out one competitor in the third match and handed the match to Newberry.

Ziehe picked up right where she left off in her doubles match when she faced off against Rodgers to begin the singles competition. The freshman scored an easy 6-1, 6-0 victory over the Mountain Lion for her second victory of the season.

Simmons continued the romp for the Wolves with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Herndon. The junior picked up her fourth triumph of 2011.

The shutout was placed in danger during the No. 3 singles flight. McManus took the first set 6-0 against Deese before the competitor from Young Harris battled back in the deciding set. The set was tied at six all and had to be settled with a tiebreaker. McManus outscored Deese 7-3 in the tiebreaker to pick up her third win of the campaign.

Lindsay Kyzer (Saluda, S.C.) played a fine match against Mary Beth Maxwell, making all the right moves to earn a 6-2, 6-2 win – her second triumph of the season.

Sierra Hoover (Duncan, S.C.) picked up her team leading sixth victory of the season with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Boyd at the No. 5 singles flight. Parrish would take the No. 6 match by default to complete the sweep.

Newberry remains at home and returns to South Atlantic Conference play as the Wolves welcome the Mars Hill Lions to town on Saturday, April 9. The squads are set to battle at 3 p.m.

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