Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae women's tennis team defeated visiting Conference Carolinas opponent Coker College 5-1 in a rain-shortened match. The Lady Bobcats now stand at 5-4 for the season and 2-1 in league play. Coker falls to 0-7 overall (0-5 conference).
Christine Vanard (a freshman from Winston-Salem, NC) continued her winning ways, taking her seventh consecutive win today when she defeated Rachel Lemar 6-2, 6-2. Prague, Czech Republic native Andrea Balazsova dropped her match to Cassidy Spencer at the two slot.
At number three Ashley Mayers (Miami, FL) dominated her opponent, not allowing her a single game, while Amanda Nascimento (Vitoria, Brazil), playing in the fourth slot, conceded only one game. Cameron Joyce (Lenoir, NC) won 6-2, 6-2 and Katie Hawkins (Old Fort, NC) battled in the closest contest of the day, outlasting her foe 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 in a three set match.
The Lady Bobcats continue to show strength and consistency through out the line up. Mayers, Nascimento, Joyce, and Hawkins have all won three of their last four matches while Vanard is undefeated in the last seven matches and is also unbeaten in Conference Carolinas action.
Due to inclement weather the match was ended when Lees-McRae took the fifth and match-deciding win from Coker.
The Lady Bobcats will hit the road for three away matches next week, taking on regional opponent Lander University on Monday, March 17th, ranked (#33) Conference Carolinas foe Erskine on Tuesday, March 18th, and then closing the week by traveling to Greenville, TN to compete against Tusculum College on Friday. Coker will play host to Converse College on Tuesday, March 18th.
Pictured: Christine Vanard