Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:33

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Advances to SAC Semifinals

Diana Babinets won the clinching match for the Bears at number three singles Diana Babinets won the clinching match for the Bears at number three singles Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

In the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team earned a trip to Rock Hill with a 4-2 win over Carson-Newman on Tuesday afternoon. The win sends the Bears to the SAC Semifinals hosted in Rock Hill on Thursday.

"After a slow start our ladies played some of their best tennis of the season," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "We fired on all cylinders in singles. We knew Carson-Newman is a good team but our ladies knew they had put in the work from day one this season and had what it took to get the win today. I couldn't be happier for our ladies especially our seniors. We are off to Rock Hill!"

As mentioned, the Bears struggled early and dropped the doubles point. Carson-Newman earned a 6-3 win in second doubles and a 6-1 victory in third singles to grab the early 1-0 advantage.

In singles play, Ally Garofoli earned a 6-1, 6-1 win in fifth singles to even the contest and Emily Murchland dominated in sixth singles (6-2, 6-0) to put the Bears on top. Marta Escanero earned a 6-3, 6-3 win to put the Bears on the brink of a victory but C-N wouldn't go away quietly and earned a win at number one singles. Freshman Diana Babinets sealed the victory in the third spot, winning 6-2, 2-6 and 6-3 to send the Bears on to the next round.

The Bears are 18-4 on the season. L-R will take on top-seeded Tusculum on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the semifinal round in Rock Hill, SC.

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