The Lee University tennis teams made quick work of Shorter University with matching 7-0 Gulf South Conference victories Thursday afternoon at the DeVos Tennis Center.The 44th-ranked Lady Flames …
The Lee University tennis teams made quick work of Shorter University with matching 7-0 Gulf South Conference victories Thursday afternoon at the DeVos Tennis Center.
The 44th-ranked Lady Flames (10-3, 1-2 GSC) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over Shorter (2-8, 0-6 GSC) following doubles competition. Lisa Kirr and Carley Sickinger shut out Anaelle Marchand and Alana Mulkey 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. Lauren Trammell and Sierra Donaldson were 6-1 winners at the third position over Taylor Harper and Victoria Overby. The No. 1 doubles match was left unfinished.
Sickinger lost just one game in beating Anastasia Jovicic at No. 2 singles. Kirr shut out Melinda Chrun 6-0 and 6-0 to win at the first position. Micaeala Belen Maiz was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Marchand to clinch the team victory.
Laura Beth Hardesty won her opening set 6-1 and was leading 2-0 in the second set when her opponent retired. Donaldson beat Overby 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Trammell completed the team shutout with 6-1 and 6-3 set scores against Mulkey.
“It was a nice reward for all the work they’ve put in,” said Lee head coach Patric Hynes. It’s always been kind of a goal to be ranked in the top 50. We talked to the girls about not trying to protect that ranking, but to just go out there and go after those teams. Don’t feel like you have anything to lose.”
The Flames (10-3, 1-2 GSC) led the Hawks (2-7, 0-6 GSC) 1-0 following doubles competition. Daniel Prata and Antonio Pons beat Benjamin Ginter and Blakely Bottegal 6-1 at the third position. Jesus Garcia and Cristian Pons recorded the same score against Kirandevaa Namadevan and Anthony Lekoko at No. 2 doubles. The final doubles match was left unfinished.
Prata pushed the Lee lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Namadevan. Jake Okines was a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Malik Yawar at No. 1 singles. Garcia clinched the team victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Gregoire Vincent.
Antonio Pons won at the fourth position 6-2, 6-1. Cristian Pons lost just two games in his match with Lekoko. Max Schroeder completed the team shutout with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Bottegal at the sixth position.
“The men are starting to build some confidence,” said Hynes. “I think they’re starting to believe they are a pretty good team. They’ve put a lot of hard work in and it’s starting to pay off now.”
The Lady Flames and Flames take to the road this weekend for a pair of GSC contests. Lee travels to Cleveland, Mississippi, to face Delta State University on Saturday at 10 a.m. before heading to Memphis, to battle Christian Brothers University on Sunday.
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