Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team will host its final home match of the season on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against UNC Asheville. The Blue Hose will honor seniors Tracy Johnson and Sydney Patton following the conclusion of the match.
Johnson was a four-year member of the team, collecting 88 career wins. This season in singles play, she tallied seven wins, one at #1 and six at #2, to move to 47 singles wins in her time as a Blue Hose. Johnson set a new Division I program record with 16 singles wins as a freshman during the 2015-16 season. In doubles action, her eight wins this season, five with Patton and three with Samantha Calais, moved her to 41 career victories. All five wins with Patton came at #1, as did one with Calais. Johnson tied the D-I record for doubles wins as a sophomore with 13.
Patton joined the Blue Hose this season after playing for three years at Chattanooga. All of her matches took place on court one. She currently holds a 9-7 record in both singles and doubles play. Five of her doubles wins came when partnered with Johnson, the other four coming with Jessica Leeman. In her collegiate career, Patton has tallied 82 wins (42 singles, 40 doubles).
The Blue Hose are 15-5 for the 2018-19 season, 5-1 in Big South play after defeating USC Upstate 4-3 last Thursday. PC started the match by clinching the doubles point. Beth Taylor and Katie Thompson earned a 6-2 win on court three, and after a loss on court two, the point would be decided by the number one pairings. The senior duo of Sydney Patton and Tracy Johnson rallied from a 4-3 deficit to take home a 6-4 win and secure the first point of the match for the Blue Hose
Taylor was dominant on court four in singles play, only dropping one game in her straight-set victory. Johnson was the next to finish for PC, also winning in just a pair of sets on court two. Patton clinched the match for the Blue Hose on Bobby McKee Court with a straight-set win of her own right after Johnson’s match was over.
UNC Asheville is 6-7 overall, 1-5 against conference opponents this year. The Bulldogs dropped a pair of Big South matches last week to Gardner-Webb, 3-4, and Campbell, 2-5. UNC Asheville defeated Charleston Southern, 4-3, on March 13 to pick up their lone conference victory.