Falcons soar over Bobcats, 8-1

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- The Pfeiffer University women's tennis team won two of three matches in doubles play, and swept singles action en route to an 8-1 win over Lees-McRae College on Sunday in Conference Carolinas action.

Lees-McRae's (2-9, 2-6 CC) top-flight duo of Christine Vanard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Maria Andrade (Middle Village, N.Y.) opened the afternoon with a hard-fought 9-8 (7-4) victory over Pfeiffer's (10-9, 6-3 CC) tandem of Alena Krutkina and Cari Hopson to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. Catie Thomas and Briana Oliver answered for Pfeiffer, defeating Lyndsay Peagram (Greensboro, N.C.) and Kelsey Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) by a tally of 9-8 (7-4).

Chelsi Haefele and Kayleigh Featherstone closed doubles play with an 8-2 win over Renee Roberson (Salisbury, N.C.) and Raven Harris (St. Pauls, N.C.), before Krutkina opened singles action with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Vanard. Thomas continued the trend for the Falcons with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Peagram, as Hopson tallied the deciding point with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Andrade at No. 3 singles.

Haefele posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Hiatt at No. 4 singles, while Oliver defeated Roberson, 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth flight. Featherstone then capped the day with a hard-fought 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, (14-12) win over Harris.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Tuesday when the Bobcats host Converse College in a battle for the seventh seed in next weekend's Conference Carolinas Tournament. Play is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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