Tennis Flames bumped from SSAC tournament
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Lee University tennis teams were eliminated from the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament after losing in the quarterfinals Saturday morning.

The Lady Flames fell 5-3 to the College of Coastal Georgia, while the Flames were beaten 5-0 by Belhaven University of Mississippi.

No. 23 Lee University entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed and No. 14 Coastal Georgia was the No. 4 seed.

The Lady Flames (4-7) trailed 2-1 following the doubles competition. Tonya Walters and Tarah Garner teamed up to take down Nicole Faas and Priti Rijal at the top slot.

Maclain Yowarsky and Christy North were held off by Elektra Hunter and Kristina Polakovic, 8-6. Jodie Rice and Kelsey Lovingood were beaten 8-2 by Sunshine Beba and Luisa Lopes.

Walters and Garner remained unbeaten for the day with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Walters beat Hunter 6-2 and 6-0, while Garner edged Polakovic 6-4 in their first set and finished the match with a 6-2 mark in the second set.

Coastal Georgia (8-7) recorded wins in three of the final four singles matches to post the team win. Faas, Rijal and Lopes combined to drop just five games total.

Mariners 5, Flames 0

No. 14 Belhaven (14-3) swept all three doubles matches and the first two singles matches to avoid the upset. Belhaven was seeded No. 3 and Lee University (4-5) was the No. 6 seed.

Richard Gamble and Fabio Medina were held off, 8-5, by Nikita Lisov and Andres Yepez at No. 1 doubles. Kevin Tan and Vincent Audy were beaten by Jefferson Nino and David Mejia, 8-4, while Patrick Kim and Andre Ishida mustered two points against Daniel Prado and Enrico Patriarca.

Nino (ranked No. 32 in singles) blanked Audy for the straight-set victory. Mejia outlasted Kim 6-3 in the first set and closed out the match with a 6-2 margin in the final set.



Lady Mariners 5, Lady Flames 3


Tonya Walters (LEE) def. Elektra Hunter 6-2, 6-0

Tarah Garner (LEE) def. Kristina Polakovic 6-4, 6-2

Nicole Faas (CCG) def. Jodie Rice 6-1, 6-1

Priti Rijal (CCG) def. Maclain Yowarsky 6-0, 6-1

Sunshine Beba (CCG) vs. Christy North (LEE) unfinished

Luisa Lopes (CCG) def. Katie North 6-0, 6-2


Walters/Garner (LEE) def. Faas/Rijal 8-1

Hunter/Polakovic (CCG) def. Yowarsky/C. North 8-6

Beba/Lopes (CCG) def. Rice/Kelsey Lovingood 8-2


Belhaven 5,

Flames 0


Nikita Lisov (BU) vs. Richard Gamble (LEE) unfinished

Jefferson Nino (BU) def. Vincent Audy 6-0, 6-0

Daniel Prado (BU) vs. Fabio Medina (LEE) unfinished

David Mejia (BU) def. Patrick Kim 6-3, 6-2

Enrico Patriarca (BU) vs. Kevin Tan (LEE) unfinished

Andres Yepez (BU) vs. Andre Ishida (LEE) unfinished


Lisov/Yepez (BU) def. Gamble/Medina 8-5

Nino/Mejia (BU) def. Tan/Audy 8-4

Prado/Patriarca (BU) def. Kim/Ishida 8-2