SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Going into their final dual match of the Conference Carolinas season, the King University women's tennis team knew their goal was simple, win to earn a spot in the league tournament. The Tornado set the tone early, winning all three doubles matches en route to the 6-3 victory at Converse College.
All three doubles matches were tight, but King (8-13, 3-6 CC) came out on top of Converse (3-15, 2-6 CC) came out on top of all three. King's No. 3 doubles team of Claudia Morris and Haley Maloney took an 8-6 win over Klaire Rouse and Tanisha Thomas to start the ball rolling. The No. 1 doubles duo of Alyssa Salazar and Katya Cerny continued the momentum, defeating Marisa Esformes and Claudia Gunn in a tiebreak 9-8 (7-2) before Mariana Hosomi and Naomi Reyes capped doubles with another tiebreak win. The No. 2 duo topped Kelsey Rembert and Sheffield 9-8 (7-3).
Reyes brought the Tornado closer to victory when she topped Rembert 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles before Morris and Maloney capped King's win with their victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Morris defeated Sheffield 6-4, 6-2, and Maloney was victorious over Thomas 6-1, 6-3 to clinch King's Conference Carolinas Tournament spot.
The win gives King their first Conference Carolinas Tournament berth for the first time in three years in the league. King will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to Carson-Newman University. The nonconference match is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.