Tornados fall in SAC tournament semifinals to Lincoln Memorial, 5-3April 23, 2010
Rock Hill, S.C. – The Tornados women’s tennis team saw their season end on Friday afternoon, falling to top-seed Lincoln Memorial on the courts at the Rock Hill Country Club, 5-3.
As was the case during the regular season, LMU took two of three doubles matches when they beat Brevard at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The first match to finish however was won by Brevard College when Lindsay Hostetter and Claire Dillman defeated LMU's Mandy Mills and Amanda Horenkamp 8-2 in No. 2 doubles.
LMU was able to take the upper hand in the match until when Sofia Lopez Mimendi and Ann-Sofie Indeherberge defeated Brevard's Lindsay Shaeffer and Kim Dixon 8-4 at No. 1 doubles, and when Leah Donoff and Melanie Smith were able to pull away from the Tornados' Kayley Duval and Jennifer Nyman with an 8-3 win at the No. 3 position.
Singles play gave tennis fans a good taste of college post-season atmosphere. The No. 1 singles match was the first to finish when LMU's Leah Donoff won easily over Brevard's Lindsay Shaeffer 6-0, 6-1 to give the Lady Railsplitters a 3-1 lead in the match.
Brevard's Kayley Duval and Kim Dixon kept the match close. Duval won 6-3, 6-0 over LMU's Mandy Mills in No. 4 singles while Dixon tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over the Lincoln Memorial's Melaine Smith at the No. 5 position.
The Lady Railsplitters were able to deliver the fatal blows in the No. 3 and No. 2 singles matches. LMU's fourth win of the morning came when senior Ann-Sophie Indeherberge won in three sets over Brevard's Claire Dillman 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. A few minutes later, LMU's Sofia Lopez Mimendi won the final two sets to take a grueling battle with the Tornado's Lindsay Hostetter 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, which put the Lady Railsplitters in Saturday's championship round.
While they weren't regionally ranked entering this week's tournament play, most likely the Tornados end the season with a 14-6 record. "I'm as proud of the girls as I can possibly be," said Brevard Head Coach Paul Thomson. "This match is a tough loss to digest but we had some opportunities and just came up a little short. Now we'll look for some time off and get after it again in the fall."
The Lady Railsplitters now take on no. 2 seed Tusculum College in Saturday's championship match which is set for a 9:00 a.m. start. The Pioneers advanced to the SAC Tournament finals with a 5-1 win over No. 3 seed Wingate University in the semifinals on Friday.
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Tennis Match Results
Brevard vs Lincoln Memorial
Apr 23, 2010 at Rock Hill, S.C.
#1 Lincoln Memorial 5, #5 Brevard 3
1. Leah Donoff (LMU) def. Lindsay Shaeffer (BCW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Sofia Lopez Mimendi (LMU) def. Lindsay Hostetter (BCW) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Ann Indeherberge (LMU) def. Claire Dillman (BCW) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
4. Kayley Duval (BCW) def. Mandy Mills (LMU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Kim Dixon (BCW) def. Melanie Smith (LMU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Morgan Taylor (LMU) vs. Elise Labus (BCW) 4-6, 1-4, unfinished
1. Sofia Lopez Mimendi/Ann Indeherberge (LMU) def. Lindsay Shaeffer/Kim Dixon (BCW) 8-4
2. Lindsay Hostetter/Claire Dillman (BCW) def. Mandy Mills/Amanda Horenkamp (LMU) 8-2
3. Leah Donoff/Melanie Smith (LMU) def. Kayley Duval/Jennifer Nyman (BCW) 8-3
Lincoln Memorial 17-3; Regional ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,4,5,3,2)
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#1 LMU advances to the championship match tomorrow at 9 a.m.