Columbia, SC – The Emmanuel College Women's Tennis team traveled to Columbia, in South Carolina, to take the Columbia College in a non-conference event.
In a very windy day, the doubles competition kicked off with the #1 Botella/Cipriano opening a quick 3-0 and going up two breaks ahead and putting a lot of pressure on the home team. Finding no issues in finding their way to the net, the French/British team removed the equalizer on the scoreboard. Not too long after that, the #3 doubles, Kirby/Muesse also scored another point with a convincing 8-1 win. With the overall score now 2-0 for the Lions, O'Connor/Lewis pushed themselves and after getting used to the win, they closed the match with an 8-4 win.
After the 10 minutes break between doubles and singles events, all six singles were on the way and Pearllan Cipriano was determined to waste no time and using several approaches to the net, she clinched the fourth point for Emmanuel with a 6-0 6-1 win. On court #1 Pearllan's doubles partner, Fantine Bottela, was also having little to no problems in handling her opponent today and with a series of good forehands from the baseline, she clinched the dual by 6-1 6-2.
Chloe O'Connor also played short points and moved her opponent around the court to snag a quick 6-2 6-0 win. The overall score was now 6-0 for the Lady Lions!
In the meantime, Abi Muesse was mixing things up with deep and short balls, throwing her opponent off balance every single time, winning by 6-1 6-0.
The Freshman Somalia Lewis had to fight a bit more today, but she did not let the pressure get to her in the key moments and earned a break on each set to win by 6-4 6-4.
The last match to finish was the Freshman from Elberton, GA, Kaylee Kirby, who used her opponents unforced errors in the first set to win 6-1. Kirby saw her opponent getting more consistent in second set and the match got much closer and the Lady Lion was down a break 4-3. Much more relaxed and focused this time, Kaylee hit two good returns down the line, pressed the opponent with good forehands, broke back, and with quick 4 first serves she got the lead in the set 5-4. Columbia's Rebekah Ravago felt the moment shifting to the Lion's side and misfired two forehands from the center of the court and with another two good forehands from Kirby, the Lady Lion finished the sweep by 6-1 6-4.
This is the first 9-0 win of the season for the young Tennis Team. Head Coach Kethan Darbar commented, "Every day we compete, we get better. We dropped so many close matches this year but the girls always want get back to the practice courts and get better. We are finally getting everything together and they are all learning a lot this season. I am not worried. Results will come with time. We work hard every single day for that reason."
The Lions will be back in action this Tuesday in a home event, where they will serve as host to a NCAA Regional Foe, Lander University. First Serve is scheduled for 2:30PM!
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