BRISTOL, TN - The Belmont Abbey women's tennis team earned a 7-2 victory this morning at King (TN). The win improves the Crusaders' record to 7-7 on the year with a 1-1 conference record. The Tornado are now 1-6 with a 0-4 Conference Carolinas record. Belmont Abbey has now won four matches in a row.
Freshman Aisiri Jandyala started off the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at #1 singles. Sophomore Teagan McNamara had the quickest match with a 6-1, 6-0 win at the #2 spot. Sophomore Rachele Subik won an incredible marathon of a match, as she went into a tiebreaker at the #4 spot. She took the tiebreaking match by a score of 15-13.
The Abbey was also strong in doubles competition, as it won two of the three matches. Jandyala and McNamara combined for a solid 8-2 victory at the #2 spot. Belmont Abbey then took one set by default.
1. Aisiri Jandyala (BAC) def. Marianne Hull (KING) 6-2, 6-1
2. Teagan McNamara (BAC) Catherine Vezey (KING) 6-1, 6-0
3. Katya Cerny (KING) def. Darian DeFrench (BAC) 6-1, 6-7, 10-2
4. Rachele Subik (BAC) def. Ashley Salazar (KING) 6-1, 3-6, 15-13
5. Alex Weber (BAC) def. Alyssa Salazar (KING) 6-1, 3-0
6. Erika Noblett (BAC) def. Haley Maloney (KING) 6-3, 6-4
1. Katya Cerny/Marianna Hull (KING) def. Darian DeFrench/Morgan Zahnd (BAC) 8-6
2. Aisiri Jandyala/Teagan McNamara (BAC) def. Haley Maloney/Catherine Vezey (KING) 8-2
3. Rachele Subik/Alex Weber (BAC) by default
Head Coach Michael Salomon offered some comments on today's match: "Today was a great showing for the toughness we are starting to develop as a part of our team culture. Darian came back from a set down to force two tiebreakers, and Rachele came from a set down and saved three match points on the way to a 15-13 third set tie-breaker win to clinch the match for us."
Coach Salomon also stated "We really battled hard and didn't let down our guard after a solid week in Hilton Head, when it would be easy to get complacent. I am really excited to get the opportunity to test ourselves tomorrow against Lees-McRae and see where we can get to as we keep moving through the season."
The Crusaders will face Lees-McRae tomorrow at 11am in Banner Elk, NC.