Tigers Tennis Teams battled with Weather, Injuries and Abbreviated Matches in the 1st SIAC Round-Up
March 13 -15, 2009
The Benedict Tiger Men and Women's Tennis Teams struggled through the first set of conference matches for the 2009 season at the 1st SIAC Round-Up in Atlanta, GA. Both teams managed only one match victory in the rain delayed weekend. Because of conditions the matches were shortened from the usual best of three set format to the quick play pro-set face off. For the men, after a 5-0 walk-off win against Lane College the Tigers took on Tuskegee University, but fell 5-0 in pro set singles on clay. At #1 and #2 singles, Avery Coins and Jason Calloo lost 8-5 and 8-3 respectively and for the 4, 5 and 6 singles Edward Cox, Kenney Bovain and Gene Utsey all came up short at 8-2. Because of the format no doubles were played. In the third match against Fort Valley State, the Tigers lost close matches in the first three doubles and at #5 and 6 singles to go down 5-0. Calloo and Coins played strong at #1 doubles but lost at 8-5. Cox, Devongelo Crawford, Bovain and Utsey at #2 and #3 doubles played tough but fell 8-4 each position. The team is still looking up as conditions played good part in their measured performance and they are looking forward to continued conference play at Round-Up #2. Make-up matches against Morehouse, Stillman, and La Moyne-Owens will be played at the next round-up.
The Women came out of Atlanta 1 and 3 in matches and with an extra burden as three team members struggled with injuries. After a 5-0 walkover against Lane College, the Lady Tigers fell to the defending champs Tuskegee University 5-2 in abbreviated pro set singles on clay as DeAndra Reasonover and Lauren Smith won at #1 doubles 8-4 and Reasonover winning at #1 singles 8-3 and Ayana Martin at #5 8-6. Next the team took on Fort Valley State. The team started off in good fashion as the #1 doubles team of Reasonover and Smith pulled out an exciting 9-7, (7-5) win. Paola Lopez and Ayana Martin played solid at #2 doubles for an 8-6 victory. Shani Jones and Samantha McGill played tough but lost 8-3 at the #3 spot. The singles matches were aligned from a 6 to 1, 8 game pro set format as the Lady Tigers managed to gain only a 8-5 win as Lauren Smith won at the #3 singles as injuries slowed the performance of the team. At #1 singles, we saw a very competitive match as DeAndra Reasonover and Roberta Robinson played out a high performance match. Ms. Robinson edged DeAndra 8-6 in the 8 game pro set. In the fourth match of the day, the Lady Tigers fell to Albany State as the #2, #5 and #6 singles had to give up their matches due to injuries and also forcing an early exit at #2 and #3 doubles.