Hickory, NC. — The Emmanuel College Women's Tennis Team traveled to Lenoir Rhyne University, a Division II school from the South Atlantic Conference. After a lot of tight matches, the lady lions fell against the Bears – 4-3.
After their first three matches against Division I schools, the Lady Lions were ready to play at a high level and give everything on the court. The ladies played with a lot of energy and had tight matches. The Bears were also expecting a really strong team and were ready to confront our Lady Lions. Unfortunately, the Emmanuel Tennis Team couldn't find solutions and fell 4-3 against Lenoir Rhyne University.
Number 2 doubles composed of Lauren Castillon and Maria Raich played a solid Lenoir-Rhyne doubles who were aggressive from the baseline and the net. Maria and Lauren couldn't stop the offensive shots from their opponents and fell 6-0.
Double number 3 composed of Marta Rozados and Katharina Kiderlen also faced tough opponents. After being down 4-1, the double team fought back to 4-3, but did ended up falling 6-3.
#1 double composed of Chloe O'Connor and Fantine Botella had a slow beginning as they couldn't find their rhythm. But later in the match they finally adopted a more aggressive style and were coming back in the game. Unfortunately, they were not able to finish their double as double 2 and 3 already clinched and stopped at 5-4.
After their losses in the doubles, the Lions were down 1-0 but were ready for their singles as they could still win the match.
Singles number 5 played by freshman Lauren Castillon was the first one to finish. Castillon faced a solid opponent and couldn't find a game style to defeat her opponent. Lauren lost her singles 6-1, 6-2.
Single #1 played by Fantine Botella was the second one to finish. Botella did not have any trouble against her opponent, as a result of an aggressive game style, Fantine beat her opponent 6-2, 6-0.
Number 2 single played by Pearllan Cipriano also had a strong ending for the Lions, and without a lot of difficulties, the senior Cipriano used her consistency to defeat her opponent 6-1, 6-3.
The score was now 2-2 and there were still 3 matches left.
Marta Rozados playing #3 singles had a long and tight match, and after losing the first set 6-2, Rozados changed her strategy and came back stronger for the second set. Thanks to a lot of patience and aggressive shots used at the right moment, Marta managed to bother her opponent and won the second set 7-5. Unfortunately, after a tight third set, Rozados dropped the match 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.
Maria Raich #4 is the one who brought the last point to put the Lady Lions back in the fight against the Bears. After a long and tight match, junior Maria used her consistency from the baseline and inside out forehands to dominate her opponent on a lot of long points. Maria won her match 6-3, 6-3.
The score was now 3-3 and Victoria Silva was the only one still playing.
Singles #6 was Victoria Silva who also had a really tough matchup. After losing the first set 7-5, Victoria was not readyto give up and gave everything she had to bring the last point for her team. Thanks to a really consistent and aggressive style, Silva managed to win the second set 6-3. She knew that the third set was not going to be easy, but she had the support of all of her teammates. Her opponent was being more consistent and used a game style that challenged Victoria, leading them to the tiebreaker. Unfortunately, Victoria was defeated in the last tie break and dropped her match 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1).
The Lady Lions finished the day with a 4-3 loss against Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Women's Tennis Team will travel to Greenwood, South Carolina next Wednesday, February 20th to play Lander University, a Division 2 school from the Peach Belt Conference.
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