This past weekend, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Tennis team traveled to Lexington, KY to compete in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) tournament.
On Friday, April 20th, the Patriot ladies breezed through the quarterfinals in the first round defeating UVA-Wise 6-3. Advancing in conference play, UC faced tough competition losing 5-0 to the NAIA #12 Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College.
Against UVA-Wise, Patriot Neesha Thirumalaichelvam (Selangor, Malaysia) spearheaded singles play as she defeated Whitney Bolling 6-1, 6-0. Shelby Muff (Union, KY) defeated Brianna Stallard in a very heated match 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 10-7. Lindsay Collette (London, KY) defeated Mary Jo Stallard 6-0, 6-4. Rounding out the singles matches against the Cavaliers, Erin Hart (Corbin, KY) defeated Lauren Powers 6-2, 6-0. In doubles action, Thirumalaichelvam and Hart defeated Wise's Stallard duo 8-0. Collette and Kaitlyn Daugherty (Clinton, TN) defeated Powers and Kayla Kilgore 9-8, 7-1.
Later that afternoon, the Patriot ladies took on the #12 nationally ranked Lindsey Wilson College. Unable to get the win, the ladies fell to the Blue Raiders 5-0.
Head Coach Chin Tan commented, "Neesha's play was very instrumental. She is helped by her freshmen doubles partner Erin Hart. Erin, Lindsay, and Kaitlyn did a very good job of competing for the Patriots. We are looking forward to Shelby and Neesha's leadership for next year. The future for the women should be bright for the incoming class. It is truly filled with Kentucky state qualifiers."
The Patriot ladies finish the 2011-2012 season with a record of 5-14 and 2-3 in conference play.
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Article Provided by Annie Bailey, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant