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Benedict Lady Tigers Tennis Team reached the Finals of the SIAC Tennis Championships

SIAC Tennis Championships
Tuscaloosa, AL
April 17 - 18, 2008

On April 18, 2008, The BC Women's Tennis Team once again makes it to the finals of the SIAC Tennis Championships.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The championships began with the Lady Tigers facing Fort Valley State University in the first round of play. In doubles, DeAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith continued their winning streak with an 8-2 victory at the #1 seed. Fort Valley made a strong showing at #2 doubles with an 8-5 win over Paola Lopez and Anna Lee Clarke.

In singles competition, the Lady Tigers played to finals' expectations as they swept the top three singles positions. At #1 singles, DeAndra Reasonover defeated S. Lambert 6-0, 6-0, Shani Jones played at #2 singles for the first time and pulled out a strong 6-3, 6-4 win and Paola Lopez, playing injured with a knee strain, and at #3 singles, limped through and held on for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win that put the Lady Tigers up 5-1 to close out the match and set the stage for a rematch with Clark Atlanta University in the semifinals.

Benedict Women's Tennis Team moved to the finals with a 5-2 win.

At 7:00pm, the Lady Tigers took on the defending champions, Clark Atlanta University in the semifinals match for opportunity to return to the SIAC Tennis Championship Finals. Clark Atlanta came out with a shortened line-up but still had their top two undefeated singles players. Feeling an edge in the scoring the Lady Tigers got off to a fast start in the doubles as the teams scored game breaks early as DeAndra Reasonover/Lauren Smith and at #2 Paola Lopez/Anna Lee Clarke won with identical scores of 8-3 in the doubles pro set.

Going up 3-0 and into the singles the team knew things would tighten as Clark Atlanta's singles duo geared up for battle. Greene and Turner took the first two singles matches at 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1 respectively. At #3, Paola Lopez, playing guarded on her injured knee, used a good defensive strategy to overcome her opponent and sealed the match win for Benedict with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the #3 singles position. Lauren Smith went unfinished but was leading 6-3, 4-1 at #4 singles, ready to add another point to the victory.

The Lady Tigers won overall at 5-2 with Precious Bryant and Ayana Martin getting a default at #3 doubles and Anna Lee Clarke and Ayana Martin getting defaults wins at #5 and #6 singles.

The Benedict Men's Tennis Team opened the first round of play in men's championship against LeMoyne-Owens College. The Tigers ran into an upstart LeMoyne-Owens squad that pulled out key wins at #1 doubles and #3 singles that gave them an edge as LeMoyne-Owens won 4-3 to eliminate the men's team that will be reckoned with as four freshman players fought hard to the last point.

 Highlights were Jason Calloo and Edward Michael Cox winning at #2 doubles 8-3,  and Avery Coins continuing his All-Conference winning ways 6-4, 6-3 at #1 single; Daryl Rice posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at #4.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Lady Tigers took on undefeated Tuskegee University in the finals.

Benedict suffered a setback as #2 seeded Paola Lopez, playing on an injured knee in her last four matches, realized too much pain and the chance of further stress as it was decided to pull her out of the finals. Tuskegee got a quick start in the doubles, pulling out tough pro set victories, 8-4 at #1, 8-2 at #2, and 8-3 at the #3 position to go up 3-0 in points. With their seeded strength throughout their line-up and the Tigers with a challenged line-up, Tuskegee took the advantage at #1 and #2 singles with wins to close out the scoring at 5-0 and set them as the 2008 SIAC Women's Tennis Champions.

Awards

The women and men received accolades at the SIAC Spring Sports Championship Banquet  see Highlights.

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