Saturday, February 22, 2014


HARTSVILLE, S.C. – After suffering three straight setbacks to begin the season, Anderson University women’s tennis earned its first win of the season with a 9-0 shutout of South Atlantic Conference newcomer Coker Saturday afternoon at the Coker Tennis Courts.

The blanking is AU’s first 9-0 win since defeating nonconference opponent Converse on April 14, 2013 and snaps a four-match losing streak, dating back to the 2013 season.

With the match beginning with the singles round, five of the six Trojans won in straight sets as junior Lindsay Gregory and sophomore Nikkola Wichenko posted 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Sophomore Alexandra Ebner missed matching Gregory and Wichenko’s score by dropping a single game in the second set, but cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the No. 3 spot.

Senior Karen Ching earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1, while sophomore Lauren Howard claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 position in her first appearance of the 2014 season.

In the doubles round, Anderson swept the Cobras without dropping a game in all three positions posted an 8-0 victory.

The Trojans continue SAC play on Sunday when they return to the Max Grubbs Memorial Courts to face Tusculum. That match is slated for 1 p.m.