SUMTER, S.C. – Over the weekend, the King University women's tennis team returned to action with a new look to their team as they returned just two players from a season ago, and those two players made King history. At the Palmetto Tennis Center Individual Tournament, the doubles team of Mariana Hosomi and Naomi Reyes won the C Draw of the event to take home the first title in King tennis history.
The sophomore duo cruised through the bracket, defeating North Greenville University's Haley Hardwick and Aline Ribeiro 8-3 in the quarterfinals, and followed that with another 8-3 win over Paige Brooks and Dana Kelly of Barton College. In the finals, the pair took on another Barton combination, Carol Fischer and Kristy Lievense, but the Reyes and Hosomi topped them 8-2 to take the first title in school history.
In singles both Reyes and Hosomi played in the B Draw, and Reyes defeated Paulina Delgado of Mount Olive College 7-5, 6-0 in the first round before falling to Julia Moreira of Limestone College 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. Hosomi won her second round match against Rebecca Beacham of North Greenville University 6-1, 6-2, but dropped her semifinal match to Erskine College's Haley Whatley 7-5, 6-1.
Playing in their first collegiate event, both Claudia Morris and Haley Maloney competed in the C Draw, and they both won their first matches in the round of 16. Morris defeated Brigid Donohue of Belmont Abbey College 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, and Maloney topped Chrissie Ann Dennis, also from Belmont Abbey 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. However, both players dropped their quarterfinal matches, Morris to Hardwick 6-3, 6-1 and Maloney to Lievense 7-5, 6-3.
King will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to take on UVa-Wise. The dual match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.