Braves Fall In PBC Matchup At Lander
GREENWOOD, S.C. – Sophomore Mia Winterbottom held off a late charge from Aurelia Ruffat to post a 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 2 singles, but Lander used a doubles sweep, as well as five singles wins in straight sets, to turn back UNCP with an 8-1 win over the visiting Braves on Sunday afternoon at The Joe Cabri Courts.
The setback marked the fourth-straight loss for UNCP (1-4, 0-3 PBC), with the Bearcats (6-1, 1-1) getting back on track following a tight 5-4 loss to Francis Marion on Friday in their league opener. It was also the fourth consecutive series victory for Lander who improved to 10-1 all-time against the Braves.
Eliza Adusumilli and Brandi Cordell gave the Bearcats their first point of the day with an 8-0 blanking of UNCP's Mia Winterbottom and Madeline DiNunzio at No. 2 doubles, but the hosts followed suit with two more wins in doubles play to take a quick 3-0 lead on the team scoreboard. Nicola James and Melanise Newbold toughed out an 8-5 win over Maricel Quintero and Christian Minnick on court No. 3, while UNCP's Jenna McGary and Hannah Herlocker dropped a tight 8-6 set to Aurelia Ruffat and Cayce Bradley at No. 1 doubles.
James surrendered just one game in defeating Quintero 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 4 singles, but Lander would assure itself of its first PBC win of the season after Adusumilli's 6-2, 6-0 win over Herlocker on court No. 3. Bradley ousted DiNunzio 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, Cordell upended McGary 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and Newbold rebounded from a second-set loss to Minnick on court No. 6 with a 6-0, 4-6, 10-8 win over the UNCP senior.
Winterbottom had little trouble in posting a 6-2 win in her first set with Ruffat, but had to hold off the Lander junior in the second set before prevailing in a tiebreaker.
The Braves will be back in action again on Friday when they lace up to battle Chowan (0-2) in a 2 p.m. contest in Pembroke.
|1. Brandi Cordell (LUW) def. Jenna McGary (UNCP) 6-4, 6-3|
|2. Mia Winterbottom (UNCP) def. Aurelia Ruffat (LUW) 6-2, 7-6|
|3. Eliza Adusumilli (LUW) def. Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) 6-2, 6-0|
|4. Nicola James (LUW) def. Maricel Quintero (UNCP) 6-0, 6-1|
|5. Cayce Bradley (LUW) def. Madeline DiNunzio (UNCP) 6-2, 6-2|
|6. Melanise Newbold (LUW) def. Christian Minnick (UNCP) 6-0, 4-6, 10-8|
|1. Aurelia Ruffat/Cayce Bradley (LUW) def. Jenna McGary/Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) 8-6|
|2. Eliza Adusumilli/Brandi Cordell (LUW) def. Mia Winterbottom/Madeline DiNunzio (UNCP) 8-0|
|3. Nicola James/Melanise Newbold (LUW) def. Maricel Quintero/Christian Minnick (UNCP) 8-5|