Lady Lions win 3rd Straight!

Lady Lions win 3rd Straight!
Hickory, NC – The Emmanuel College Women's Tennis Team traveled to Lenoir-Rhyne University this Friday to play a NCAA Regional Match. Looking for a 3rd straight win, the Lady Lions started doubles in trouble with a quick loss at #1 (Botella/O'Connor). The overall score was rapidly tied with a convincing win at #3 (Cipriano/Silva). With all the attention now turned at the #2 doubles, Emmanuel rally the whole match but suddenly opened a 7-6 with 2 points away to grab an important win, but the Bears took the match to a tense tie-breaker. EC kept pressing the home team, but after dropping 4 match points, the Bears finally earned the second point of the day.

With only a few minutes between singles and doubles, the Lady Lions were already battling to stay alive in the dual match. Lenoir-Rhyne grabbed another win and now they were leading 3-1 in the overall score. With Fantine Botella at #1 a set down, the chances for Emmanuel were not looking too good, but Pearllan Cipriano at #2 fought for 3 sets to earn a second point and Botella tied everything, also with a 3-set win. With 3 courts left, Katharina Kiderlen put the Lions at the lead for the first time with a good 2 set win. Now with 2 courts remaining, Chloe O'Connor clinched the dual match after a very close second set.

This match marked a 3º consecutive NCAA Regional win for Emmanuel Women's Tennis.

EC will not have a long rest since they will be hosting a NCAA D-I, UNC – Asheville, this Sunday. First serve is scheduled for 2PM!




Emmanuel 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Feb 17, 2017 at Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School) 

Singles competition

1. Fantine Botella (EC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

2. Pearllan Cipriano (EC) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

3. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Maria Raich (EC) 6-0, 7-6

4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Victoria Silva (EC) 6-4, 6-7, 6-4

5. Katharina Kiderlen (EC) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) 7-5, 6-2

6. Chloe O'Connor (EC) def. Jessica Rumple (LR) 6-4, 7-5


Doubles competition

1. Marta Escanero Funes/Emily Murchland (LR) def. Fantine Botella/Chloe O'Connor (EC) 8-5

2. Sara Kalkenova/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Maria Raich/Katharina Kiderlen (EC) 9-8

3. Pearllan Cipriano/Victoria Silva (EC) def. Abbi Wood/Iulia Ponomareva (LR) 8-3


Match Notes

Emmanuel 2-7

Lenoir-Rhyne 4-3


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