Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats dropped one to the visiting Appalachian State University Mountaineers Friday afternoon, falling 9-1 to their Division I opponent. The Lady Bobcats now stand at 3-3 on the season while the Mountaineers even their record at 1-1.
Christine Vanard (Winston-Salem, NC) captured her third straight victory in the #1 position, her first against Div I competition, outlasting ASU's Monica Tomas in a three set battle (4-6, 6-2, 10-8). Freshman classmate Andrea Balaszova (Prague, Czech Republic) also put up a fight against Anja Gugger before falling 7-6, 6-4 in another tight match. ASU then proceeded to take the next four singles matches from Lees-McRae.
The combination of freshman Amanda Nascimento (Vitoria, Brazil) and Balaszova lost their first match of the year 8-4 to Gugger/Amanda Cash, putting their record at 4-1 on the year while the Vanard/Cameron Joyce (Lenoir, NC) duo also dropped their match 8-4. The Lady Bobcats saw their closest doubles match of the afternoon from Katie Hawkins (Old Fort, NC)/Ashley Mayers (Miami, FL) who battled to a score of 9-7 before succumbing to the Mountaineers.
The Lady Bobcats will resume play Saturday afternoon at noon when they host Milligan College. ASU will play at Presbyterian College Saturday at 1:30pm.
Pictured: Chistine Vanard