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The Tigers Tennis Team rolled into Memphis for the 2008 2nd SIAC Men and Women Tennis Round-Up

The 2nd SIAC Round-Up encountered a rainy weekend and survived, even though matches were backed up late into the next morning as we waited our turns the old fashioned HBCU way on 6 indoor courts for 14 teams. The women's team finished 4 and 1 to stay firm in 2nd place with 2 make-up matches with Clark Atlanta University to be made up. The men's team played well going 2 and 3 and sending a notice of what's to come and will play Morehouse College in a makeup match to close out conference regular season play.

Friday, March 28, 2008

On March, 28th, the men and women's tennis teams opened play against LeMoyne-Owens College. The Tigerette's played well throughout the lineup and came away with a 6-0 win. Match Scores: (Singles) DeAndra Reasonover won 6-0, 6-0: Paola Lopez 6-0, 6-0: Lauren Smith 6-1, 6-0 Doubles: D. Reasonover/L. Smith won 8-1: P. Lopez and Ayana Martin 8-1 and: Precious Bryant and Mary Hill 8-2.

The men's team started with a 6-3 victory over LeMoyne. The match was highlighted Avery Coins, Jason Calloo, Edward Cox and Daryl Rice winning their singles and doubles matches.

With steady rain, the next match set the Tigers against Stillman College indoors at Whitehaver Tennis Center. The Lady Tigers prevailed 5-1, as DeAndra Reasonover, Paola Lopez and Lauren Smith won at singles 6-1, 6-0: 6-0, 6-2: and 6-0, 6-1 respectively. In the doubles, Reasonover and Smith won 8-1, Lopez and Martin won 8-3 and Bryant and Hill lost 8-1. The men struggled with an injury shortened line-up but prevailed with a 6-3 victory over Stillman College. Avery Coins continued his conference win streak to 7-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win. E. Michael Cox won at 6-1, 6-0 and Daryl Rice topped off the singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win. In doubles, Avery Coins with Daryl Rice and the team of Jason Calloo and E. Michael Cox both won their doubles matches 8-2.

In the Lady Tiger's late evening match after a rain delay, Albany State University appeared for the challenge at the two indoor courts at the Belleview Tennis Center in Memphis, Tennessee. In a hard fought match, the Tigerette's won, with Ayana Martin's win at #4 singles, 6-2, 6-4, and Shani Jones and Precious Bryant's' win 9-7 in an extended pro set at #3 doubles provided to winning points as the benedict College women closed with a 5-3 overall match victory over Albany State University. In the other matches, Paola Lopez won 6-2, 6-0 and Lauren Smith won 6-3, 6-1 in singles and DaAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith cruised to an 8-1 pro set doubles victory.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

With rain forcing more backed up indoor play, the Men and Women's teams began the day with a forfeit win over Lane College. At 4:30 p.m., the teams faced off against Tuskegee University. Tuskegee's women won the women's match 5-1 and men fell 5-0. The highlights of the Women's match saw the team of DeAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith pick up their 12 victory against no losses in conference play at the #1 doubles position. In the Men' match, Tuskegee took the first two doubles matches at 8-1 and cruised with wins at #3 doubles, #5 and #6 singles.

Saturday night's late match saw it's completion at 3:00 a.m. on the court against Fort Valley State University. For the women in doubles, DeAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith won 8-3 to go to 13-0 in conference doubles and Paola Lopez and Ayana Martin won 8-5 at the #2 doubles. DeAndra Reasonover and Shani Jones got strong wins 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-2 at #1 and #5 singles and Lauren Smith took the #3 singles 5-7, 6-0, 10-7 to close out the scoring 5-1.

In men's play, Avery Coins and Daryl Rice got a great 9-7 win at #1 doubles and Avery Coins improved his record to 8-0 in conference competition at the #1 singles position with a 6-3, 6-3 win. Fort Valley's overall match win edged the Tigers 5-2.

The rains caused the postponement of 2 Women tennis matches to be made up against Clark Atlanta University  and for the men; a make-up match will be rescheduled against Morehouse College.

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