Royals claw past Bobcats, 7-0

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SUMTER, S.C. --- The second-seeded Queens University of Charlotte women's tennis team defeated seventh-seeded Lees-McRae College by a score of 7-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Friday afternoon.

Queens' (14-3) duo of Erin Williams and Christina Rustscheff opened the day with an 8-0 victory over Lees-McRae's (3-10) tandem of Christine Vanard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Maria Andrade (Middle Village, N.Y.), before Elena Mileva and Morgan Roberts notched an 8-0 win against Lyndsay Peagram (Greensboro, N.C.) and Kelsey Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.). Amanda Poole and Hewit Hawn then defeated Raven Harris (St. Pauls, N.C.) and Renee Roberson (Salisbury, N.C.) by a tally of 8-1 to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.

Williams opened singles play with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Andrade to give the Royals a 4-0 advantage, before Roberts swept Hiatt, 6-0, 6-0 in the fourth flight. Poole followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Harris, as Blakely closed out the match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Roberson.

Lees-McRae is expected to return three letter-winners from this year's squad in rising seniors Peagram, Hiatt, and Harris. The Bobcats posted a 3-10 record this season, including a 3-6 mark in conference play as Vanard earned her fourth straight all-conference honors.

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