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The Benedict College Tigers Tennis Teams on the road at the 1st SIAC Conference Tennis Round-Up 2007

March 13th, 2007

Lady Tigers are 9-5 overall and 5-2 in SIAC Conference.

The Women's team rolled into Tuskeegee territory to play a round robin with each member school in the first conference matches of the season.

The Tigerettes rose early for 8:00 A.M. matches and played as late as 1:30 AM due to court shortages, but made a strong showing in all their matches for a 5-2 total match score in seven matches played. These results put them in midst of the conference strength challenging for the SIAC title.

Friday, March 9th 2007

Friday March 9th began with a 6-0 walkover victory vs. LeMoyne Owens College.

At 2:00pm, the Tigerettes met Stillman College in Auburn, AL and came away winning at 6-0 in matches.

In that match the doubles teams of Lopez and Clarke at #1 and Martin and Jones at #3 won at 8-0 while Smith and Rolle completed the doubles sweep at 8-4 in Pro-Sets. In singles 3 matches were played as Paola Lopez won at #1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. #2 Anna Lee Clarke 6-2, 6-0 and Precious Bryant, 6-0,6-0.

In the night match, the Lady Tigers were on the court to start after 10:30pm. In taking on Tuskegee U. at home, the squad had to dig deep for endurance as the match went well into the 1:00am hour. But they fell short in two late tie breakers as the home team squeaked out a 5-4 win. Lauren Smith and Aniska Rolle got the only doubles match win at #2 with an 8-4. Down 2-1 in matches, the singles flights all were very competitive and went down to the wire. The Ladies evened things up as Lauren Smith won at #2 Singles 6-2, 6-2, Anna Lee Clarke at #3, 7-5, 6-2 and Ayana Martin won at #5, 6-2, and 7-5.

In close 3rd set super tie-breaker matches Paola Lopez and Aniska Rolle were edged 10-8 and 10-4 respectively. The home team pulled out #6 singles as the Benedict Lady Tigers came up short 5-4.

Saturday, March 10th 2007

At 8:00am, the Benedict College Lady Tigers squared off against the Fort Valley State squad. A tired team from the 2:30am previous night managed a good effort but went down 5-1 in total matches as Fort Valley jumped out early to sweep the doubles matches. The match had 2 hard fought loses at #1 and # 2 doubles at 8-4 and a close 2 set loss at #1 singles. Ayana Martin won at #5 singles 6-3, 6-1 for the squad's only victory.

5:00pm after a needed rest, the Lady Tigers took on the team from Albany State University at the Auburn, AL site. The Lady Tigers swept the pro-set doubles and pulled out #2 and #5 Singles to defeat Albany State 5-0. In doubles, Lopez and Clarke def. Huggins-Vire and Carlswell, 8-5, Smith and Rolle def. Garrett and Lockhart, 8-1 and Martin and Jones def. Chira and Green 8-2. In Singles, Lauren Smith def. Carleeza Garrett 6-0, 1-6 (10-8) and Ayana Martin def. Victoria Lockhart 6-1, 6-1.

Sunday, March 11th 2007

The 8:00am. match set the Benedict Lady Tigers against last year regular season champs Clarke-Atlanta. The Tigerettes were strong at #2 doubles with Lauren Smith and Aniska Rolle winning at 8-5 and with the critical match at #4 singles, Anna Lee Clarke worked a key victory 6-2.6-4 to seal the match-play win at 5-3. The team took default wins at #3 doubles and #5 and #6 singles. B.C. record 4-2.

At 11:00am, the Tigerettes played their final match of the weekend against Lane College of Jackson, TN. The doubles teams of #2 Smith and Rolle and #1 Lopez and Clarke rolled to 8-1 victories in pro-sets and at #5 singles Shani Jones def. Catherine Jackson 6-1, 6-0 to clinch the match for a 5-0 victory. The #3 doubles and #6 singles were won by default. With this victory the squad ended the weekend with 5 wins and 2 loses.

The Lady Tigers are 5  2 record in SIAC Conference competition and 9 - 5 overall, and are ready to go back into training after spring break for the SIAC Round-Up #2 in Memphis, TN on March 29, 2007, hosted by LeMoyne Owens College.

The Benedict Tiger's Men's Tennis Team, because of injuries, went 0-6 in the round-up as line-up shortages took the teams strength. The men look to even out their record as the challenges begin again in Memphis at the 2nd SIAC Conference Tennis Round-up on March 29 to April 1, 2007.

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