Women’s Tennis Stumbles in Opener

Wise, VA- The Emory & Henry Women’s Tennis team, who finished 11-7 last season with a 6-4 mark in ODAC play last season, opened up the fall slate of their schedule on the road at Division II UVA Wise Sunday afternoon. It was the first time since the 2012 season since the Wasps and the Cavaliers battled it out on the tennis court. The Cavaliers of UVA Wise were on their game on Sunday, as they cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Wasps. UVA Wise dominated the entire E&H lineup in all spots.

In doubles play, the duos of Lauren Riner/Katie Meade and Savanna Summers/Kala Curtis were downed 8-0 at the two and three doubles spots respectively. In the number one doubles match, UVA Wise defeated the E&H team of Liz Graham/Ana-Belen Gomez 8-1.

Just like the doubles matches, all of the singles matches were won by the Cavaliers easily. Liz Graham fell 6-0, 6-0 at the number one spot. Lauren Riner faltered 6-3, 6-3 at the number four spot, and Makenzie Lawson defeated Katie Meade 6-1, 6-2 at the number six spot. Lawson and Carter are both 3-0 in individual matches this season. Ana-Belen Gomez was taken down 6-1, 6-0 at the number three slot. Savanna Summers was shut out 6-0, 6-0 at the number two spot, and Kaiti Sheaves was shutout as well 6-0, 6-0 at the number five slot.

With the win, the UVA Wise women’s tennis team improves to 2-1 in the regular season, while E&H drops to 0-1 in the very young fall season.

For the Wasps, they will have a few weeks before their next match, as they will visit the Tornados of King College in Bristol on the 25th of September, who are also a Division II team like UVA Wise. King will open up their season on September, 24th at home at Tusculum, and will take on the Wasps in their second match of the season.

E&H has not played King since 2010. E&H will not have a home match this fall, as they will travel to King, Johnson, and Averett this fall. Their first conference match will be on the road against reigning ODAC women’s tennis champion Washington & Lee in the spring. And their first home match will take place on March 24 against Colombia from South Carolina.

– Luke Montalbano

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