Tornado take nail biter over LMU, fall to ETSU
BRSITOL, Tenn. – The King University women's tennis team had a full day of tennis on Friday as they traveled to take on NCAA Division I East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University. The Tornado dropped the early match to ETSU 7-0, but rebounded for a tight 5-4 win over Lincoln Memorial in the afternoon.
In the nightcap Tornado (2-1) fell behind Lincoln Memorial (0-1) early as they dropped two of doubles matches. Naomi Reyes and Alyssa Salazar took an 8-3 win over Roksolana Prudyvus and Alexandra Granger at No. 2 doubles to get King on the board going into singles play.
I singles play, Salazar topped Summer Robinson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles while Claudia Morris won her No. 5 singles match 6-2, 7-5 over Kelsy Vinsant. Haley Maloney brought King within one win of the dual match victory with her 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles. The dual match came down to the No. 2 singles match between Reyes and Prudyvus. Reyes took the first set 6-3, but dropped the second 3-6 to force a decisive third set. With the set even at 6-6, Reyes fell behind 2-4 in the tiebreak, but came back to score four straight points and have a chance at match point. Prudyvus took one point, but Reyes took the final point to take the tiebreak 7-5 and give King the 7-5 win, their second victory of the season.
Earlier in the morning, the Tornado dropped a 7-0 decision to ETSU.
King will be in action again on Friday and Saturday when they travel to Catawba College and Emmanuel College. The Tornado will take on Catawba on Friday at 2:00 p.m., and Emmanuel at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday.