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Women's Tennis Pushes Past Albany, 6-1

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CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team ended non-conference play on a high note, knocking off visiting Albany by a 6-1 margin on Tuesday at the Templeton Tennis Courts.

PC improves to 7-8 on the year and will next hit the road for five straight Big South Conference matches away from home, beginning on Friday against Charleston Southern at 2:30 p.m. Albany moves to 5-7.

The Blue Hose earned the doubles point before dropping only one singles match en route to the win.

PC evened doubles action with a third-flight win as Caroline deLoach (Columbia, S.C.) and Kayla Stanford (Canton, Ga.) dispatched Mireille Hermans and Saran Iannone, 8-5. Patricia Alves (Campinas, Brazil) and Courtney Gardiner (Powder Springs, Ga.) teamed up at No. 2 to seal the point with a tough 8-6 win over Irene Santos-Bravo and Cathryn Crummey.

Singles play began with a Greer Ransom (Athens, Ga.) win via retirement over Santos-Bravo followed by a convincing Lucia Leahy (Charlotte, N.C.) victory over Hermans at the fifth flight, 6-4, 6-0.

With three points in hand, Alves captured the overall victory by rolling past Kirsten Scott at the third flight, 6-4, 6-0.

The teams then played 10-point tiebreakers in lieu of third sets with the result already decided. deLoach grabbed her team-leading eighth win of the season by besting Crummey at No. 5, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2).

At No. 6, Stanford knocked off Iannone in another tiebreaker match, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10).

The day’s lone loss came in a battle at the second flight. Gardiner faced Rocio Lopez Alberca and lost by the slimmest margin by coming up short in a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10) result.

 

Singles competition
1. RANSOM, Greer (PCW) def. Irene Santos-Bravo (ALBANY) 2-2, retired
2. Rocio Lopez Alberca (ALBANY) def. GARDINER, Courtney (PCW) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10)
3. ALVES, Patricia (PCW) def. Kirsten Scott (ALBANY) 6-4, 6-0
4. deLOACH, Caroline (PCW) def. Cathryn Crummey (ALBANY) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)
5. LEAHY, Lucia (PCW) def. Mireille Hermans (ALBANY) 6-4, 6-0
6. STANFORD, Kayla (PCW) def. Sarah Iannone (ALBANY) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)

Doubles competition
1. Rocio Lopez Alberca/Kirsten Scott (ALBANY) def. RANSOM, Greer/ELLIOTT, Haley (PCW) 8-1
2. ALVES, Patricia/GARDINER, Courtney (PCW) def. Irene Santos-Bravo/Cathryn Crummey (ALBANY) 8-6
3. deLOACH, Caroline/STANFORD, Kayla (PCW) def. Mireille Hermans/Sarah Iannone (ALBANY) 8-5

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Golf's Abby Driscoll (Duncan, S.C.) and tennis's Diego Manzanas (Madrid, Spain) were named Presbyterian College's Female and Male Athletes of the Week for their accomplishments ending March 25.