Wolves claw Koalas, 6-3
Scarlet and gray construct first two match win streak since 2008
April 7, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Newberry College women’s tennis team made it two wins in a row as it traveled to Columbia College to take on the Fighting Koalas, emerging victorious via a 6-3 score.
The last time the Wolves won two in a row was in the 2008 season, beating Mars Hill 8-1 before besting Catawba 5-1 in a Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match.
Despite the victory, things didn’t start off on a promising note for the scarlet and gray. Marina Ziehe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Amanda Simmons (Saluda, S.C.) were shut out 8-0 by Lilit Martirosyan and Danielle Cupid to begin the doubles flights. Fortunately, the Wolves bounced right back.
Shannon McManus (Charleston, S.C.) and Lindsay Kyzer (Saluda, S.C.) doubled up Ashley Chapman and Raven Fair by an 8-4 score in the second doubles flight. The duo picked up their second win of the season.
Wrapping up the doubles matches for the Wolves were Sierra Hoover (Duncan, S.C.) and Sam Parrish (Angola, Ind.). The No. 3 squad made it 2-1 in favor of the Wolves with an 8-5 win over Abbagayle Stevenson and Casey Ripley. Hoover and Parrish scored their second win of the season and brought their doubles record back to .500.
Ziehe earned a measure of revenge in the No. 1 singles flight. The freshman battled her way to a hard fought 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Martirosyan, avenging her doubles loss against the Koala.
Simmons pushed the lead to 4-1 for the Wolves with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Cupid. McManus followed suit, improving her record to 4-12 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Stevenson.
The Koalas would not go down without a fight though. Parrish found herself on the wrong end of a 6-1, 6-2 score against Fair before Kyzer dropped a tight match to Champan 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 12-10.
Hoover wrapped up the match with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 13-11 victory over Ripley. The sophomore picked up her team leading seventh triumph of the season.
The Wolves return home and get back to their South Atlantic Conference schedule as they welcome the Mars Hill Lions to the Cannon Courts. The cats and dogs are set to do battle at 1 p.m. on April 9.