McMurry University women’s tennis bounced back from yesterday’s tough first-round loss to defeat Colorado Christian University, 5-1, in its second game of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region Championships, held at McM’s Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center.
In doubles, the War Hawks’ No. 1 tandem of Lauren Renner and Shayne Cook defeated Katy Balli and Jennifer Perkins of CCU, 8-5. At No. 2 in the pairs’ play, Jessica Bentley and Bree Brosig declawed the Cougars’ duo of Cassie Greco and Raeghan Rudkin, 8-0.
Colorado Christian took its lone win of the match at No. 3 singles.
Up 2-1 heading into singles, McMurry needed to win just three of the six matches to end the contest (matches are stopped when a team acquires the winning fifth team point).
In the race to the finish line, freshman Chloe Patterson finished first, dispatching Rudkin by scores of 6-0, 6-1. Senior Sheri Copenhaver topped Amy Siemers, 6-0, 6-3 to put McM ahead 4-1.
At No. 1 singles, Renner took out Kara Williams in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 to make it 5-1 and put the victory in McMurry’s “W” column.
Dallas Baptist has already clinched the team title by going 3-0 in its matches. The event concludes on Saturday, with McM taking on Southern Nazarene at Noon in a match which could determine second place.
McMurry University 5, Colo. Christian 1
Apr 25, 2014 at Abilene, Texas (Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center)
1. Lauren Renner (MCMWT) def. Kara Williams (CCU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Shayne Cook (MCMWT) vs. Jennifer Perkins (CCU) unfinished
3. Jessica Bentley (MCMWT) vs. Katy Balli (CCU) unfinished
4. Chloe Patterson (MCMWT) def. Raeghan Rudkin (CCU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Autumn Patterson (MCMWT) vs. Cameron Shelby (CCU) unfinished
6. Sheri Copenhaver (MCMWT) def. Amy Siemers (CCU) 6-0, 6-3
1. Lauren Renner/Shayne Cook (MCMWT) def. Katy Balli/Jennifer Perkins (CCU) 8-5
2. Jessica Bentley/Bree Brosig (MCMWT) def. Cassie Greco/Raeghan Rudkin (CCU) 8-0
3. Cameron Shelby/Kara Williams (CCU) def. Madison Hathorn/Chloe Patterson (MCMWT) 8-6
Colo. Christian 8-7
McMurry University 8-14
**round robin format**
McMurry vs. Southern Nazarene (Saturday @ Noon)
CCU vs. Dallas Baptist (Friday @ 4 p.m.)
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