SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The No. 4 Lipscomb Lady Bisons advanced to the Semifinals of the 2016 Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis Championship, surviving a rain delayed match against the No. 5 Kennesaw State Owls 4-2.
The Purple and Gold got off to a hot start, dominating the doubles courts, winning on both slots one and two by a score of 6-1 to take the early lead. Thabile Tshatedi and Laura Kent took down Laura Hopton and Ashleigh De Wet first on court two, before a Hannah Gamage and Danielle Kinnen victory.
The Owls fought back in singles action, gaining victories on the first two courts of action. Hopton got things started for the KSU comeback at the first slot over Gamage by a score of 6-2, 6-4, before Alexandra Mercado battled in a three-set, see-saw match between Katerina Kandyba 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. Hanna Victorsson was able to record the first singles win for Lipscomb on court four, defeating Isabela Castro 6-2, 6-1.
The closest match of the night was on court three between Laura Kent and Cristina Martin. The Australian Kent was able to survive the first set in a tiebreak that saw neither player extend a lead past one game. Kent won the tiebreak by a score of 7-5 and was able to gain an early break of serve in the second set that she would ride to victory, 6-4.
The Bisons clinched the team victory on court five as Danielle Kinnen coasted to a double-bagel win over De Wet, ending things at 4-2 to advance Lipscomb.
Kennesaw State ends the season at while the Lady Bisons set a program record for victories with 14 on the year. Lipscomb will face the No. 1 seed North Florida Ospreys Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m.
A-Sun Championship First Round Results
No. 4 Lipscomb vs. No. 5 Kennesaw State
April 22, 2015 at Spartanburg, S.C.
(USC Upstate Tennis Complex)
No. 4 Lipscomb 4, No. 5 Kennesaw State 2
1. Laura Hopton (KSU) def. Hannah Gamage (LIP) 6-2, 6-4
2. Alexandra Mercado (KSU) def. Katerina Kandyba (LIP) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
3. Laura Kent (LIP) def. Cristina Martin (KSU) 7-6(5), 6-4
4. Hanna Victorsson (LIP) def. Isabela Castro (KSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Danielle Kinnen (LIP) def. Ashleigh De Wet (KSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Lorena Djuknic (LIP) vs. Jessica Cantrell (KSU) 6-2 DNF
1. Hannah Gamage/Danielle Kinnen (LIP) def. Cristina Martin/Alexandra Mercado (KSU) 6-1
2. Thabile Tshatedi/Laura Kent (LIP) def. Laura Hopton/Ashleigh De Wet (KSU) 6-1
3. Hanna Victorsson/Katerina Kandyba (LIP) vs. Isabela Castro/Gabriela Bueno (KSU) 5-3 DNF
No. 4 Lipscomb
No. 5 Kennesaw State
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,6,2,3,5,1)