Mobile, AL – A day after winning their first NAIA tournament match, the 15th-ranked University of the Cumberlands women's tennis team ran in to a familiar foe and ultimately fell to second-ranked Lindsey Wilson 5-0 in the second round of the NAIA National Championships Wednesday afternoon at the Mobile Tennis Center. With the win the Blue Raiders improve to 20-4 overall and advance to the quarterfinals, while the Patriots conclude their season with a 16-9 record.
Lindsey Wilson jumped out to a quick start sweeping the doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead. At No. 2 doubles Marian Bogajo (SO/Malaga, Spain) and Maria Ochoa (FR/Ceres, CA) battled 23rd-ranked Minja Gligic and Jovan Peric. The two teams traded points before the Blue Raiders pulled away for an 8-4 win.
It was a similar story in singles play as Lindsey Wilson earned wins at No. 6 and No. 4 singles to clinch that match. With the match won, the other four singles matches were halted. At both No. 1 and No. 2 singles UC trailed 5-4 in first set when play was called.
Cumberlands concluded their most successful season in program history with a 16-9 record. The Patriots runner-up finish in both the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament were the best in program history. UC also earned their first national tournament appearance and national tournament win.
Isabella Dale (SR/Invercargill, New Zealand), ranked eighth in the NAIA/ITA, finished the year 17-1 at No. 1 singles, including a 6-1 mark against ranked opponents. Dale and Jaclyn Jewell (FR/London, KY) posted a 14-6 record at No. 1 doubles. Denee Lyttle (FR/Zion, Illinois) posted a 14-6 singles mark and also teamed up with Luka Lyttle (FR/Zion, Illinois) to go 12-7 in doubles. Bogajo finished the season 12-7, while Luka Lyttle went 11-7 in singles play.
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