ATLANTA, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's tennis team fell in a pair of close contests over the weekend to cap the 2016 regular season, as the Colonels were bested by Berry and Oglethorpe by identical 5-4 scores in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) action. Centre moves to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in SAA play.
On Saturday at Berry, the Colonels jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play as the duo of freshmen Neha Rao (London, Ky.) and Emily Zelichenok (Louisville, Ky.) earned an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles while the tandem of junior Mary Chapin Snow (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and Kenny Snow (Elizabethtown, Ky.) collected an 8-3 victory at the No. 3 slot.
Rao also picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win at the top singles position. Senior Kim Randall (Johns Creek, Ga.) was victorious at the No. 6 singles spot, earning a 6-2, 6-1 triumph to extend her winning streak to six matches.
In the Oglethorpe match, Mary Chapin and Kenny Snow won again at the No. 3 doubles position with an 8-2 victory.
Rao finished 2-0 in singles action on the weekend with a 6-3, 6-0 win at the No. 1 spot. Randall would push her winning streak to seven with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 5 singles, while senior Casey Blair (Louisville, Ky.) stepped into the lineup and collected a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 win at the No. 6 position.
The Colonels return to action in the SAA Tournament on April 29 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Centre owns the No. 6 seed for the tournament and will take on No. 3 seed Millsaps in the first round.
Berry 5, Centre 4
1. Neha Rao (CENTRE-W) def. Mary Cerny (BCW) 6-3, 6-1
2. Lauren Byrket (BCW) def. Emily Zelichenok (CENTRE-W) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, WD
3. Kaleigh Carpenter (BCW) def. Courtney DeLong (CENTRE-W) 6-2, 6-4
4. Heidi Seabaugh (BCW) def. Mackenzie Snow (CENTRE-W) 7-5, 6-3
5. Kelsey McCray (BCW) def. Mary Chapin Snow (CENTRE-W) 7-5, 6-3
6. Kim Randall (CENTRE-W) def. Emmie Cornell (BCW) 6-2, 6-1
1. Neha Rao/Emily Zelichenok (CENTRE-W) def. Lauren Byrket/Heidi Seabaugh (BCW) 8-6
2. Mary Cerny/Kaleigh Carpenter (BCW) def. Courtney DeLong/Casey Blair (CENTRE-W) 8-0
3. Mary Chapin Snow/Mackenzie Snow (CENTRE-W) def. Kelsey McCray/Emmie Cornell (BCW) 8-4
1. Neha Rao (CENTRE-W) def. Caroline Johnson (OUW) 6-3, 6-0
2. Shannon Cruz (OUW) def. Courtney DeLong (CENTRE-W) 6-0, 6-3
3. Katherine Walker (OUW) def. Mackenzie Snow (CENTRE-W) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
4. Ingrid Wilcox (OUW) def. Mary Chapin Snow (CENTRE-W) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
5. Kim Randall (CENTRE-W) def. MaryAnne Hafen (OUW) 6-1, 6-4
6. Casey Blair (CENTRE-W) def. Halley Sickling (OUW) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
1. Caroline Johnson/Katherine Walker (OUW) def. Neha Rao/Kim Randall (CENTRE-W) 8-6
2. Shannon Cruz/Halley Sickling (OUW) def. Courtney DeLong/Casey Blair (CENTRE-W) 8-6
3. Mackenzie Snow/Mary Chapin Snow (CENTRE-W) def. Ingrid Wilcox/MaryAnne Hafen (OUW) 8-2