Royals cruise past Bobcats, 8-1

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BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Queens University of Charlotte women's tennis team swept doubles play, and won five of the six singles matchups en route to an 8-1 victory over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday afternoon.

Queens' (11-3, 6-1 CC) Erin Williams and Christina Rustscheff opened doubles play with an 8-1 victory over Lees-McRae's (2-7, 2-4 CC) Christine Vanard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Maria Andrade (Middle Village, N.Y.). Amanda Poole and Hewit Hawn then defeated Lyndsay Peagram (Greensboro, N.C.) and Kelsey Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) by an 8-1 margin, before Morgan Roberts and Kaitlyn Blakely won their third-flight match against Raven Harris (St. Pauls, N.C.) and Renee Roberson (Salisbury, N.C.) by a score of 8-4.

Rustscheff kicked off singles play with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Vanard, giving the Royals a 4-0 lead before Peagram rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over Williams in the second flight. Roberts delivered the deciding point for Queens at the No. 3 matchup, defeating Andrade, 6-1, 6-0. Poole then knocked off Hiatt, 6-1, 6-1, before Gilliam McLinden defeated Roberson, 6-2, 6-1. Blakely closed out the day with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Harris.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Saturday when the Bobcats host Erskine College in a conference matchup at 12 p.m.

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