Lady Braves Down Catawba, 7-2
SALISBURY – The UNCP tennis team won its second-straight match after capturing all six singles matches en route to a 7-2 triumph over regional opponent Catawba on Tuesday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center.
The Lady Braves (9-8) remain unbeaten against regional opponents and have now won five-straight against the Indians (12-8). UNCP improves to 13-4 all-time against Catawba.
The Indians booked a pair of wins in doubles action, but those would be Catawba's only points of the day. Liz Renteria and Sloan Kessler defeated Mia Winterbottom and Hannah Herlocker at No. 1 doubles, 8-5, while Andrea Bell and Rachel Rudisill turned back Madeline DiNunzio and Allison Johnson, 9-7. Leigh-Anne McAfee and Shelby Bickel have won consecutive matches as the No. 2 tandem for the Black and Gold after an 8-5 victory over Ally Prior and Lauren Sledd.
Despite being down 2-1 going into singles action, the Lady Braves controlled the tempo the rest of the match, taking all six singles matches. At No. 1 singles, Winterbottom bested Renteria in straight-sets, 6-0, 7-5. McAfee marked back-to-back wins at court No. 2 as she came back after dropping the first set to defeat Kessler, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. Bickel picked up a straight-set triumph at the third court as she toppled Sledd, 6-3, 6-3, while Herlocker earned another point for UNCP after a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win on the fourth court. After dropping the first set to Olivia Myers, Monica Espitia came back to win the match at No. 5 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. At the final court, DiNunzio rounded out the singles sweep after posting a 6-2, 7-6 (7-6) win at No. 6 singles over Bell.
UNCP will return to the courts on Friday when the Black and Gold travel to Milledgeville, Ga., for a Peach Belt Conference battle with Georgia College (9-8, 3-5) at The Centennial Center Tennis Facility. Match time is slated for 2 p.m.