Crusaders Take Warriors Down to the Wire in Conference Tournament

Crusaders Take Warriors Down to the Wire in Conference Tournament

SUMTER, S.C. - The Belmont Abbey women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought 5-4 decision this afternoon to Southern Wesleyan in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals.  The Abbey finishes the season with a 10-16 record.  Southern Wesleyan is now 12-8.

In doubles play, Erika Noblett and Morgan Zahnd got a win for the Crusaders at #3 by a score of 8-3.

Freshman Aisiri Jandyala got a very quick 6-1, 6-3 victory at #1 singles to even the score at two.  At #2 singles, sophomore Teagan McNamara earned a very competitive 7-6, 7-5 win.  Rachele Subik and Erika Noblett each forced tiebreakers, but each came just short of a win.  Junior Alex Weber did get a tiebreaker victory at #6 by a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 score, but the warriors had enough wins to seal the match.

1. Aisiri Jandyala (BAC) def. Jennifer Ball (SWU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Teagan McNamara (BAC) def. Aimee Dorley (SWU) 7-6, 7-5
3. Alexia Rodriguez (SWU) def. Darian DeFrench (BAC) 7-6, 6-2
4. Katherina Wintrich (SWU) def. Rachele Subik (BAC) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6
5. Kristi Cooper SWU) def. Erika Noblett (BAC) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
6. Alex Weber (BAC) def. Chyna Jones (SWU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

1. Jennifer Ball/Alexia Rodriguez (SWU) def. Aisiri Jandyala/Teagan McNamara (BAC) 8-2
2. Aimee Dorley/Kristi Cooper (SWU) def. Rachele Subik/Alex Weber (BAC) 8-2
3. Erika Noblett/Morgan Zahnd (BAC) def. Chyna Jones/Elizabeth Mulkey (SWU) 8-3

Head Coach Michael Salomon commented on today's match: "Addressing the ladies today after the match was the first time I've been choked up emotionally in my 4 four years as a college tennis coach.  I couldn't be more proud of these young ladies as they battled adversity all season and demonstrated their true character today.  It has been unbelievable watching this team grow from a team that wanted things to be easy, and wanted instant success, to a team that most valued the process of pushing to be the best version of themselves in everything that they do.  I think today was really a validating match for knowing that we gave it our all today, and could walk off the court satisfied with our attitude, effort, and focus.  It's a special day that each of these players will remember for the rest of their lives."

"We lost three singles matches today - two of which were 7-6 in the third set, and the other had a tie-breaker too.  If that's not the definition of a team that battles their hearts out, I don't know what is.  A special shout out goes to Rachele Subik who was down 5-2 in both the 2nd and 3rd sets and came back to win the 2nd, and take the 3rd to a deciding tie-breaker in the clinching match."

"Congratulations to SWU today as they fought out quite a few tough matches to beat us today. They have made a real impact on the conference in their first year and we wish them the best of luck tomorrow!"