BANNER ELK, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's tennis team won an 8-1 contest today over Lees-McRae in Banner Elk. The victory moves the Abbey to 8-7 on the year and 2-1 against conference opponents. The Bobcats are now 3-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
It was a marathon of a match, lasting about 11 hours. It was also played indoors. Highlighting singles play was sophomore Darian DeFrench, who came back from a 3-6 loss in the opening match at #3 singles to take the victory in the tiebreaker 10-4. Her victory clinched the match for the Crusaders, thus the remainder of the singles matchups only played one match each. Alex Weber earned an 8-0 shutout at #5 singles.
1. Aisiri Jandyala (BAC) def. Caroline Green (LMC) 6-3, 6-4
2. Teagan McNamara (BAC) def. Mackenzie Langmade (LMC) 6-3, 6-4
3. Darian DeFrench (BAC) def. Jaden Acklin (LMC) 6-3, 1-6, 10-4
4. Rachele Subik (BAC) def. Rebecca Pierce (LMC) 8-5
5. Alex Weber (BAC) def. Dakota Tittle (LMC) 8-0
6. Erika Noblett (BAC) def. Amanda Chapman (LMC) 8-1
1. Caroline Green/Mackenzie Langmade (LMC) def. Darian DeFrench/Morgan Zahnd (BAC) 8-5
2. Aisiri Jandyala/Tegan McNamara (BAC) def. Jaden Acklin/Rebecca Pierce (LMC) 8-7(6)
3. Rachele Subik/Alex Weber (BAC) def. Amanda Chapman/Dakota Tittle (LMC) 8-1
Head Coach Michael Salomon offered some of his thoughts on today's contest: "We won almost every one of the tight matches today and I'm really proud of the ladies for not letting some success in the past week get to their heads. We raised our level yet again in new conditions for us with the matches being indoor rather than outdoor. We played a very competitive opponent today and earned every last game we played in each match. I couldn't be more proud of both our attitude and effort not just today but through the entire week of matches."
Up next for the Abbey is a March 24 trip to Emmanuel (GA) as well as Lander.