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Benedict Tigers Men and Women's Tennis Teams Compete in the 1st SIAC Round-Up in Atlanta, GA

March 14 - 16, 2008

The Men and Women's  tennis teams met all the SIAC Conference rivals on March 14th, 15th, and 16th in rainy and threatening  thunderstorm conditions over the weekend.  The matches had to be performed exclusively on clay courts because of the slow drizzle that did not allow the hard courts to dry until Sunday. With the Tigers and Tigerette's playing  for the first time on clay, the prospects were initially uncertain . After some instruction on footing stability and the bounce of the ball, the players took it in well as the Women's team finished 4-1 in matches with two to be rescheduled and the Men's team, with 5 freshmen and 1 junior,  finished with 3 wins and 3 loses over the weekend.

The scores and a summary of the results:
Friday, March 14, 2008

The Tigers began the 8:00 A.M. match with 5-0 forfeit wins for the men and women teams over Lane College at Bitsy Park.

The next match up was Benedict College Men and Women against Fort Valley State University at Bitsy Park in Atlanta, GA.

For the Women,  DeAndra Reasonover  won at #1 singles 6-1, 6-0 and Lauren Smith gained control of the clay surface and pulled out a 7-6(7-2), 6-3 win at #3 singles. With the rain delay format and forfeits at 5 and 6 singles and #3 doubles, the Tigerettes recorded their second victory of the day at 5-0.

The Tiger men faced Fort Valley in a singles format and fell short 5-1 as they also played in their first clay court competition in the wet conditions. Avery Coins produced the only win for the Tigers as he put away his opponent at #2 singles 6-1, 6-1.

Benedict College verses Tuskegee University:

After a 3 hour rain delay on wet and foggy Friday night, the coaches agreed to begin play on the clay courts again against Tuskegee University at the Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis Club.

In Men's Tennis action, the Tigers fell to Tuskegee 5-2 overall but still proving out to be the top developing team as #1 seeded freshman Avery Coins and #2 seeded junior, Jason Calloo showed their match-up strength by winning 6-2, 7-6(10-6) and 6-0, 6-1 respectively at their positions.

The Lady Tigers next faced a strong Tuskegee women's team.  The team from Alabama prevailed in a six match event 5-1. Benedict lost at the #2 and #3 doubles and also at the #2, #3 and #6 singles. The highlight of the event was the win at #1 doubles by DeAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith 8-3.

SIAC Round-Up Second Day
Saturday, March 15, 2008

After the tornado, Benedict's Men and Women's Tennis Teams started fresh to return to Bitsy Park for two matches.

The Tigerettes faced LeMoyne Owens of Memphis, TN.  Due to a shortened lineup for LeMoyne, Benedict quickly went ahead 3-0 with 8-0 win at the #1 and #2 doubles positions and a forfeit at #3. This left the singles matches where DeAndra Reasonover and Paola Lopez made quick work at 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 scores respectively , to close the match out with a 5-0 match win.

The Benedict Men's Team won their first conference victory with a 5-3 win over LeMoyne Owens College. In singles, the #1 seed Avery Coins defeated Thomas Hall 8-4 in a rain threatened pro set and #2 Jason Calloo played through to a 6-3, 6-0 win. E. Michael Cox won at #3 singles 6-4, 6-2 and D. Crawford won at #5 singles 6-4, 6-2. The #2 doubles match was won by Calloo and Cox 8-3.

The second match of the day set Benedict´s Men and Women against Stillman College of Tuscaloosa, AL at Bitsy Park in Atlanta, GA.

Benedict's Lady Tigers went to work in the opening doubles winning all three matches as the teams of  Reasonover  and Smith, Lopez and Clarke and Samantha McGill and Shani Jones all came out on top with pro set scores at 8-1. Then DeAndra Reasonover and Paola Lopez closed out the match with 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 wins respectively in singles play. Benedict 5 Stillman 0.

The men's team won their second match of the day in shutting out the Stillman men's team 5-0. In doubles play, Avery Coins and Daryl Rice won at 8-1 and Jason Calloo and Michael Cox won at #2 8-3.

In singles #1 Avery Coins won 6-1, 6-0, #4Daryl Rice won 6-0, 6-1 #3 Michael Cox was victorious at 6-1, 6-4 and D. Crawford got his second win at 6-2, 6-2 at #5 singles.

SIAC Round-Up Third Day
Sunday, March 16, 2008

Benedict's Men's Tennis takes on Morehouse at Morehouse Campus.

The Tigers faced the defending  conference champions Morehouse College on hard court.

Singles matches began the competition and Avery Coins continued his winning ways and fought a tough battle in winning at #1 singles beating Tory Martin 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-0), 10-6. Jason Calloo struggled in the first but regained control and powered on to take a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, 10-6 victory at #2 singles. But the bottom lineup for Morehouse as they prevailed in the final four singles and the #3 doubles to post a 5-2 victory over the Benedict Tiger men's team.

The 1st SIAC Round-Up was successfully arranged with 7 available court sites  for continuous competition. But of course rain did inhibit outdoor activity.

Make-up match
March 21, 2008

Benedict vs. Albany State
(W) Benedict 5-3 over Albany State


(BC) DeAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith,  8-0 over (AS) Traci Carswell and Diana Chira

(BC) Paola Lopez and Anna Lee Smith, 8-0 over (AS) Patrice Rachel and Dominique Lambert

(AS) Tonya Huggins-Vire and Dominique Green,  8-3 over (BC) Shani Jones and Samantha McGill


(BC)DeAndra Reasonover won  6-0, 6-0 (AS)Diana Chira

(AS) Tonya Huggins-Vire   won 6-3, 7-6(7-5) over (BC) Paola Lopez

(BC) Lauren Smith 6-1, 6-2 over (AS) Patrice Rachel

(BC) Anna Lee Clarke 6-1, 6-3 over (AS) Dominique Lambert

(BC) Ayana Martin 6-3, 6-0 over (AS) Traci Carswell

(AS) Dominique Green 6-3, 6-0 over (BC) Precious Bryant

Schedule of scores:

(W) Lady Tigers and (M)Tigers
(W) Benedict 5-0 win over Lane
(M) Benedict 5-0 win over Lane
(W) Benedict 5-0 win over Fort Valley State
(M) Benedict 1-5 loss to Fort Valley State
(W) Benedict 1-5 lost to Tuskegee
(M) Benedict 2-5 loss to Tuskegee
(W) Benedict 5-0 win over Le Moyne Owens
(M) Benedict 5-3 win over LeMoyne Owen
(W) Benedict 5-0 win over Stillman College
(M) Benedict 5-0 win over Stillman College
(M) Benedict 2-5 loss to Morehouse College
(W) Benedict 5-3 win over Albany State

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