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Benedict Tigers Men and Women Tennis Teams Fare Well at SIAC Round Up #2 in Memphis, TN

For the Tiger Men, the team played their usual tough play and came out finishing 3-3 in the matchups which includes the teams from Stillman, Fort Valley State and Morehouse who are all tied for 1st place with 10-2 records. The Tigers are 5-7 in conference play. The Tigers are still confident as they fell in close matches throughout all conference match losses. The SIAC Spring Sports Tennis Championship Playoffs begin April 15th In Atlanta, GA and is hosted by Morehouse College. The Tigers were led by, All-Conference candidate, Avery Coins, who went 5-0 for the tournament and 7-1 in conference matches at the #1 singles position and 2-4 in doubles at #1, partnering with Timothy Thornton. Thornton was 1-1 in singles for the weekend at #4. Darreus Wheeler and Giovanni Plater had a solid 4-2 record at #2 doubles. Darreus Wheeler was 2-1 at #2 singles, and at #3 singles Giovanni Plater went 2-2 for the tournament. At #5, Edward Cox went 4-1 in his singles matches and 3-3 at the #3 doubles position and helped key a 5-3 win over Tuskegee. Devongelo Crawford went 1-2 and Dominique Greene 2-1 in the #5 and #6 position singles position.

The Lady Tigers played good tennis and were 4-3 in the SIAC Tennis Round-Up #2 and are just a few short games in good sets. What they will be striving for is a little more steadiness to pull out the close matches. Their conference record is at 8-6. Fort Valley State and Clark Atlanta are tied at #1 in the conference, with 14-1 records. The Lady Tigers will enter as a close 4th or 5th seed in the SIAC Championships Tennis Tournament. In the Round -Up, the Tigers were led by Seniors DeAndra Reasonover and Tiffany Bell. DeAndra was 3-1 in singles, and matched with Jessica Carswell are 6-1 at #1 Doubles position and are at the top for All Conference record strength. Jessica finished at 3-2 in her singles' matches. Tiffany Bell also went 3-1 in singles and finished well for the team as she had a great comeback win in a tie breaker, after being a set down, to pull the team to a 5-4 win over Albany State in the last match Sunday evening in Memphis, TN. Chloe Jean-Charles and India Cowell went 4-2 in doubles and both were 3-3 in singles for the weekend. Darnel Howlett and Lovertiti Loving managed some lineup wins for the team.

Most of the Tigers in the men and women's competition played in at least 12 singles and doubles matches. The women's team players played 13 matches over three days. Quite a few matches were played but unfortunately unfinished, but some strong matches were not recorded because official match results end with the 5th team victory while other matches are in progress. This is the difference in an individual's total match record. This also includes forfeited matches won.

Women vs.:

4/1/2011 Fort Valley State University L 2 - 5
4/1/2011 Clark Atlanta University L 0 - 5
4/2/2011 Tuskegee University L 3 - 5
4/2/2011 LeMoyne-Owen College W 6 - 0
4/2/2011 Lane College W N/A
4/3/2011 Stillman College W 5 - 3
4/3/2011 Albany State University W 5 - 4

Men vs.:

4/1/2011 Morehouse College L 1 - 5
4/1/2011 Fort Valley State University L 2 - 5
4/2/2011 LeMoyne-Owen College W 5 - 1
4/2/2011 Lane College W 5 - 0
4/2/2011 Tuskegee University W 5 - 2
4/3/2011 Stillman College L 3 - 5

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