Bobcats blank Valkyries, 9-0

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's tennis team swept Converse College in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday afternoon to clinch the seventh seed in this weekend's conference tournament.

Lees-McRae's (3-9, 3-6 CC) top-flight duo of Christine Vanard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Maria Andrade (Middle Village, N.Y.) opened the afternoon with an 8-4 victory over Converse's (4-13, 2-7 CC) tandem of Olivia Self and Lindsey Kelly, before Lyndsay Peagram (Greensboro, N.C.) and Kelsey Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) defeated Taylor Bland and Stella Ford by a tally of 8-5. Renee Roberson (Salisbury, N.C.) and Raven Harris (St. Pauls, N.C.) then swept Francesca Mayer and Becky Elam, 8-0, to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

Vanard opened singles play with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Self before Peagram knocked off Kelly by a tally of 6-0, 6-1 to deliver the deciding point for the Bobcats. Andrade then defeated Bland at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-0, as Hiatt registered a 6-0, 7-5 win over Ford in the fourth flight. At No. 5 singles, Harris built an early 2-1 lead before her opponent, Mayer, retired. Roberson then closed out the afternoon with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Elam.

Lees-McRae returns to the courts on Friday as the No. 7 seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, hosted by Erskine College, in Sumter, S.C. at the Palmetto Tennis Center. The Bobcats will take on second-seeded Queens University of Charlotte in Friday's quarterfinal round.

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