Tuesday, April 1, 2014


HICKORY, N.C. – After sweeping the doubles round, Anderson University women’s tennis captured four singles matches en route to a 7-2 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference action Tuesday afternoon at Hickory High School.

With the victory, the Trojans have won five of their last six matches and currently ride a two-match winning streak, as they improved to 6-5 overall and 5-2 in SAC play. Lenoir-Rhyne stumbled to 8-10 overall and 1-6 in conference play.

Senior Avery Owens and junior Karen Ching continued their doubles winning streak with a 9-7 win over the L-R duo of Zorica Djuric and Lela Sparks Thompson at the No. 1 position. Owens and Ching improved to 7-4 for the year as they have won three straight matches.

At the No. 2 position, junior Lindsay Gregory and freshman Rebecca Bruning swept L-R’s team of Nateesha Hurtt and Meaghan Liner, 8-0, while the sophomore duo of Alexandra Ebner and Nikkola Wichenko knocked off Maggie Brown and Lacey Lapp, 8-4, at the No. 3 slot.

In the singles round, AU captured four straight-set wins, headlined by Owens’ seventh victory of the season, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Hurtt at No. 2. At No. 3, Bruning added to her winning streak, moving the run to seven straight, with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Thompson.

Gregory grabbed her second straight win with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5, while Wichenko notched a 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 position, as she has won seven of her last eight matches.

Anderson returns to the courts on Friday when it hits the road to Catawba. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.