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Tennis Teams Split Matches With Lenoir-Rhyne

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba’s women stayed unbeaten with a 6-3 win over visiting Lenoir-Rhyne in non-conference women’s tennis action on Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center.  The Catawba Indian men fell to the Bears 8-1.  The Catawba women improved to 3-0, while LR dropped to 1-1.  The Indian men fell to 1-2 with LR winning its initial match of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne led 2-1 after doubles in women’s action.  The Bears won at the #2 and #3 slots, while the Lady Indians got a win at the top flight from Erisa Onchi (Tokyo, Japan) and Sophie Hirsch (Markkleeberg, Germany).  Catawba stormed back in singles, winning five of the six matches.

Onchi won her singles in straight sets at the top flight, while Hirsch claimed a win in three sets at #2 to pull Catawba even halfway through singles.  The Lady Indians went on to get straight set wins from Olivia Wooldridge (Wellington, New Zealand), Maddy Henderson (Mequon, Wisc./Divine Savior Holy Angels) and Marina Geremias (Girona, Spain) to clinch the victory.

For the men, Luca Picci (Harare, Zimbabwe) earned the lone Catawba point.  He claimed a straight set win at #3 singles.  Catawba lost third-set tiebreakers at both the top two flights in singles.

The Catawba teams will be in action again on Oct. 13 as they travel to Lees-McRae for 2 pm matches.


WOMEN’S MATCH RESULTS
CATAWBA 6, LENOIR-RHYNE 3
Singles
1. Erisa Onchi (C) d. Julia Ponomareva 6-4, 6-4
2. Sophie Hirsch (C) d. Sara Kalkenova 6-3, 0-6, 10-7
3. Emily Murchland (LR) d. Kristen Rocko 6-3, 6-3
4. Olivia Wooldridge (C) d. Aguilar di Camillo 6-1, 6-1
5. Maddy Henderson (C) d. Taylor Fredrickson 7-6, 6-0
6. Marina Geremias (C) d. Abbi Wood 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
1. Onchi/Hirsch (C) d. Ponomareva/Kalkenova 8-6
2. Murchland/Fredrickson (LR) d. Rocko/Wooldridge 8-5
3. Camillo/Wood (LR) d. Emily Corcoran/Kirstin Saltus 8-5
RECORDS: Catawba 3-0, Lenoir-Rhyne 1-1

MEN’S MATCH RESULTS
LENOIR-RHYNE 8, CATAWBA 1
Singles
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) d. Michael Patch 2-6, 6-1, 10-6
2. Tomas Hons (LR) d. Lucas Miller 6-2, 4-6, 10-2
3. Luca Picci (C) d. Alex Ayguavives 7-6, 6-4
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) d. Ryen Reid 7-6, 6-1
5. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) d. Adam Rocko  6-4, 6-0
6. Tales Miranda (LR) d. Brad Smethurst 6-1, 6-0

Doubles
1. Hons/O'Dea (LR) d. Patch/Reid 8-6
2. Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) d. Miller/Picci 8-4
3. Sanchez/Miranda (LR) d. Rocko/Smethurst 8-4
RECORDS: Lenoir-Rhyne 1-0, Catawba 1-2.

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