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2007 SIAC Tennis Championship Recap

The Lady Tigers entered the SIAC Tournament at the 4th seed, and pulled out exciting matches against Albany State and upsetting last year's champs Tuskegee in the semifinals to make their first finals visit against Clark-Atlanta. The Men's Team endured a season of injury to their line-up and was out early with a 5-0 walkover to Tuskegee.

April 19, 2007
In the opening round, the Tigerettes were set against Albany State. The two teams had seen each other 3 times before with close matches in the results. Lauren Smith and Aniska Rolle worked their always strong doubles game and opened the match with an 8-3 win at #2 doubles and Paola Lopez and Anna Lee Clarke got some revenge at the #1 spot and executed a well played 8-6 victory over their top team of Tonya Higgins-Vire and Tracie Carswell. Ayana Martin and Shani Jones played a tough #3 doubles but came up short  3-8. In the singles, the Albany State ladies started strong with wins at  #6 and #5 where one of our player went down to heat exhaustion. With the match tied and a player injured, the Tigerettes stepped up to the moment to secure the remaining seeds as #2 Lauren Smith won 7-5, 6-1, Paola Lopez getting it done in three sets 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 and senior Aniska Rolle clinching the match win 6-2, 6-4 in the #4 spot as the team ended with a 5-3 victory and putting them in the semifinals.

April 20, 2007
The Semifinals matched the Tigerettes against undefeated Tuskegee University.  The team went to work in the doubles and put their strategy games together to gain victories in two out of three matches to go up 2-1 in points. Lauren Smith and Aniska Rolle continued as one of the top double teams in the conference playing to an 8-6 win at #2 and Paola Lopez and Anna Clarke putting it together avenging earlier losses to their opponents to post an important 8-6 win at #1. In the new heat of the season, the singles match-ups began with Tuskegee winning at #3, #6 and #5 singles to set up the key matches for an invitation to the finals. The girls brought their practice sessions to the table where it counts and played their best tennis when it was needed as Aniska Rolle came up strong at #4 with a key 6-3, 6-4 win over Enida Dipaelo and Paola Lopez played with confidence and focus winning at #1 singles 6-1, 6-1 over Salama Shelton to tie the match at 4 points each in the best of 9 format. The determining match was staged on court 3 where #2 Lauren Smith staged an exciting comeback in the third set winning 4 games in a row to come out of a 5-3 deficit to clinch a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory and sending the Benedict Tigers Women's Tennis Teams to the Finals of the SIAC Women's Tennis Tournament.

In the other semifinal competition Clark-Atlanta University defeated Fort Valley State University 5-1 to set up the finals.

April 21, 2007
The finals of the 2007 SIAC Women's Tennis Championship matched the Tigerettes of Benedict College versus Clark-Atlanta University. Coming off of a strong second half season  Clark-Atlanta put their conference #1 and #2 power players to work at their best to start fast in the match-up, as conference MVP Simone Green and Tara Turner won their doubles and singles as Clark-Atlanta rolled to a 5-0 victory. In the scoring for the match at #1 and #2 doubles Paola Lopez and Anna Clarke and # 2 Lauren Smith and Aniska Rolle were defeated 8-3 and Precious Bryant and Shani Jones put up a good fight but losing 8-5. In the singles, the #1 and #2 singles of Clark-Atlanta showed their strength rating as they won 6-1, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively for the clinching victories for the 5-0 win in the Finals. The Tigerettes rounded out the season with a very competitive spirit moving one step closer to their goal of a championship going from #3 to #2 in successive years and are excited about '08 and another chance at the finals.

SIAC Conference Tournament Score Sheet

Round 1
Benedict College (5) versus Albany State (3)
Lopez and Clarke(Benedict)  def.  Huggins-Vire and Carswell(ASU                 8-6
Smith and Rolle(Benedict) def. Chira and Lockhart(ASU)                                 8-3
Martin and Jones(Benedict) lost to Garrett and Green(ASU)                             2-8
Paola Lopez(Benedict) def. Tonya Higgins-Vire (ASU)                     6-0, 3-6, 6-3
Lauren Smith(Benedict) def. Traci Carlswell(ASU)                                    7-5, 6-1
Aniska Rolle(Benedict) def. Diana Chira(ASU)                                         6-2, 6-4
Ayana Martin(Benedict) lost to Victoria Lockhart(ASU)                              retired
Precious Bryant (Benedict) lost to Dominique Green(ASU)                       6-2, 6-1

Semifinals
Benedict College (5) versus Tuskegee University (4)
Doubles
Lopez and Clarke(Benedict) def. Shelton and Pulliam(Tusk)                             8-6
Smith and Rolle(Benedict) def. Dipaelo and Triche(Tusk)                                 8-6
Bryant and Jones(Benedict) lost to Washington and Singletary(Tusk)                1-8
Singles
Paola Lopez (Ben) def. Salama Shelton(Tusk)                                          6-1, 6-1
Lauren Smith def. Kamelia Triche                                                     3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Anna Lee Clarke lost to Charlotte Pulliam                                                4-6, 3-6
Aniska Rolle def. Enida Dipaelo                                                               6-3, 6-4
Ayana Martin lost to Avia Washington                                                       Retired
Precious Bryant lost to Miliana Singletary                                                 2-6, 5-7

Finals
Benedict College (0) versus Clark-Atlanta (5)
Doubles
Paola Lopez and Anna Clarke lost to Simone Green and Robyn McPherson   3-8
Lauren Smith and Aniska Rolle lost to Tara Turner and Tyrhonda Starks         3-8
Precious Bryant and Shani Jones lost to Tatiana Baker and Shaundra Brooks  5-8
Singles
Paola Lopez lost to Simone Green                                      6-1, 6-2
Lauren Green lost to Tara Turner                                        6-0, 6-0

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