ROCK HILL, S.C. - The No. 5 seed Brevard College women's tennis team advanced to Friday's semifinal round of the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Tournament by defeating No. 4 seed Carson-Newman College 6-2 in Thursday's opening round play at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The Tornados took a 2-1 advantage following doubles play with victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Carson-Newman's Amanda Bartlett and Taryn Cappadona captured an 8-5 win over BC's Lindsay Shaeffer and Kim Dixon in no. 1 doubles. Brevard's Lindsay Hostetter and Claire Dillman evened the match when they won easily over the Lady Eagles' Elizabeth Sneed and Kylie Elliott 8-0 at the No. 2 position, while the Tornados' Kayley Duval and Jennifer Nyman took an 8-2 win over Carson-Newman's Stephanie Goode and Megan Wilson at No. 3 position.
Brevard's Lindsay Hostetter struck first blood in No. 2 singles play when she captured a straight sets victory of 6-1, 6-1 over Carson-Newman's Elizabeth Sneed to give the Tornados a 3-1 lead in the match. A short time later, Carson-Newman's Amanda Bartlett made things interesting when she defeated BC's Lindsay Shaeffer 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles position to close the gap to 3-2 Brevard.
The rest of the match belonged to the Tornados. Claire Dillman captured victory in No. 3 singles to put the BC one win away from the semifinals when she knocked off the Lady Eagles' Kylie Elliott in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4. However, it was Kayley Duval that sealed the win for Brevard in No. 4 singles when she won 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 over Carson-Newman's Taryn Cappadona. Only seconds later, teammate Kim Dixon won over the Lady Eagles Megan Wilson 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 at the No. 5 position to give Brevard its final 6-2 margin of victory.
Thursday's win over Carson-Newman moves the Tornados to 14-5 on the season and into the tournament semifinals Friday against No. 1 seed Lincoln Memorial University at 9:00 a.m. "Jean has a great program," said Brevard Head Coach Paul Thomson. "The Brevard College vs. Carson-Newman College match has become a great rivalry with her at the helm. We have been close in the past and today was a great win for our program."
Carson-Newman ends the year with an 11-4 overall record and most likely will not qualify for the NCAA regional tourament that begins May 3-5. "We knew coming in that it would be a battle," said Lady Eagles Head Coach Jean Love. "Brevard out outplayed us today. My hat is off to Coach Thomson and his team."
The 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tennis Tournament is free to the public.
No. 5 Brevard 6, No. 4 Carson-Newman 2
Apr 22, 2010 at Rock Hill, S.C.
1. Amanda Bartlett (C-N) def. Lindsay Shaeffer (BCW) 6-4, 6-3
2. Lindsay Hostetter (BCW) def. Elizabeth Sneed (C-N) 6-1, 6-1
3. Claire Dillman (BCW) def. Kylie Elliott (C-N) 6-0, 6-4
4. Kayley Duval (BCW) def. Taryn Cappadona (C-N) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
5. Kim Dixon (BCW) def. Megan Wilson (C-N) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Stephanie Goode (C-N) vs. Elise Labus (BCW) 5-2, unfinished
1. Amanda Bartlett/Taryn Cappadona (C-N) def. Lindsay Shaeffer/Kim Dixon (BCW) 8-5
2. Lindsay Hostetter/Claire Dillman (BCW) def. Elizabeth Sneed/Kylie Elliott (C-N) 8-0
3. Kayley Duval/Jennifer Nyman (BCW) def. Stephanie Goode/Megan Wilson (C-N) 8-2
No. 5 Brevard 14-5
No. 4 Carson-Newman 11-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (,2,1,3,4,5)
2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Tournament
No. 5 Brevard advances to play No. 1 LMU Friday at 9 a.m.
No. 4 and No. 5 singles finished almost simultaneously.