Gaffney, SC – The Emmanuel College Women's Tennis Team traveled to Limestone College today with the difficult task of taking the currently undefeated Saints.
The event kicked off with doubles matches and EC had to fight a lot of service breaks and ups and downs, but the first point finally came in favor of the visiting Lions with a tight 8-6 win on court #1 with Botella/O'Connor. The Saints would eventually get the equalizer by capturing a win on court #2 and the last possible point came to court #3 with Cipriano/Silva. After earning a quick 5-0 lead, the Limestone duo switched strategies and fought their way back to tie the match. After long points, a match point saved, Limestone took the final doubles point to a tie-breaker. Emmanuel would take a 5-3 lead and have another match point on 6-5, but the Saints took the lead and the match by a tight 9-7 with a big serve to secure the second point of the day.
EC was now trailing 2-1 after doubles and it was now time for singles action. Emmanuel needed at least 4 more points to secure a comeback but Limestone would also earn a point on court #4, taking the lead now to 3-1 Emmanuel was also down on other courts but the Sophomore Chloe O'Connor earned an important win by 6-1 6-4. In the meantime, on court #1 Fantine Botella saw her opponent take a 4-1 lead in the first set, but she kept her undefeated singles streak, in conference play, by grabbing the win by 6-4 6-3. The overall score was now 3-3 but the Sophomore, Pearllan Cipriano on court #2 would take Emmanuel a step closer to the victory with a 6-2 6-4 win. The saints took the equalizer by winning on court #5, so everything came down to the wire on court #3. The Freshman Maria Raich was down a set and kept fighting and finally found a way to move her opponent around with the forehand and started defending much better from the baseline to take the second set. The third set started very tense with longer rallies, but the Lady Lion kept her head in the game and used an early break to open a comfortable 5-2 lead before closing the match and the clinching point for the EC Team by 3-6 6-3 6-2.
Coming up next, The Lady Lions Tennis Team will host Brewton Parker College for a NCCAA Regional Match. First Serve is scheduled for 2PM!
Fantine Botella def. Alexandra Boulbin 6-4, 6-3
Pearllan Cipriano def. Ana Chirila 6-2, 6-3
Maria Raich def. Hannah Hopkins 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Camille Haus def. Victoria Silva 6-2, 6-1
Gabriela van Ooststroom def. Katherina Kiderlen 6-4, 6-2
Chloe O'Connor def. Kayla Meermans 6-1, 6-4
1. Botella/O'Connor def. Haus/Hopkins 8-6
2. Boulbin/ van Ooststroom def. Raich/Kiderlen 8-1
3. Meermans/Chirila def. Cipriano/Silva 8-7 (9-7)
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