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Women's Tennis Falls To Marlins, 7-2

Whitney Kiser returns a shot for the Eagles.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Bridgewater College women's tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan in a match that was much closer than the final score might indicate.

One of the doubles matches was decided in a tiebreaker and three of the six singles matches went to three sets. Bridgewater came up short in each of those matches.

In doubles action, the Marlins took the victory at No. 1 as Makayla Velic and Audrey Bally downed Jamiah Lewis and Whitney Kiser 8-3. Bridgewater took the point at No. 2 when Stephanie Barton and Nicole Shifflett turned back Courtney Simmons and Katie Staman 8-5. Virginia Wesleyan took the lead as Taylor Witherspoon and Kristina Sabelstrom edged Ashley Price and Rachel Zarin 9-8. The Marlins duo won the tiebreaker 7-3.

Velic needed three sets to win at No. 1 singles as she outlasted Lewis 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. Bridgewater picked up its lone singles win at No.2 where Kiser defeated Bally 6-3, 6-3.

The Marlins won the four remaining contests, two in split sets. Staman won the point at No. 3 with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Shifflett and Sabelstrom defeated Rachel Crawford in three sets at No. 6. Crawford won the first set 6-2, but Sabelstrom evened the match with a 6-1 win in the second set. A tiebreaker was played to determine the winner with Sabelstrom prevailing 10-4.

The Marlins won at No. 4 singles where Simmons stopped Barton 7-5, 6-2 and at No. 5 where Kellen Phillips defeated Shannon Quinn 6-1, 6-2.