Brevard bounces No. 36 Charleston, 5-4
Tornados beat a ranked opponent for the first time in 2009
Hilton Head, S.C. - Brevard College scored perhaps their biggest win of the season Wednesday, beating No. 36 Charleston (W. Va.), 5-4. The win is the first of the season for Paul Thomson's squad against a ranked team.
Brevard (8-3) won two of the three doubles matches. Lindsay Shaeffer and Kim Dixon won a tight battle in the top round, 8-6 over Golden Eagles Neha Rana and Bre Moyle, 8-6, and at No. 2, Lindsay Hostetter and Kayley Duval won an equally fierce battle, 9-8 (10-8) over Alyssa Hackworth and Katie Kim. The only point for Charleston in pairs came at No. 3, where Sarah Monsheimer and Alexa Kay beat Merek Slagle and Sara Douglas, 8-2.
The Golden Eagles (16-4) won the top flight singles point, as Moyle took down Shaffer, 6-2, 6-2, but Hostetter rallied at No. 2, beating Rana 6-3, 6-0. At No. 4, Dixon fell to Hackworth, 6-0, 6-1, and the fifth flight went to Kim, 7-5, 6-4 over Jennifer Nyman. Douglas won the No. 6 match for Brevard, however. 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
The final match on the courts was the third flight, between Duval and Monsheimer. The Tornado won and epic struggle in the end, clinching the match for Brevard with a 6-4, 1-6, 11-9 victory.
"The number 36 must be lucky for us this season," Thomson joked after the match. The Brevard men's team also beat the No. 36 team in the country earlier this season, a 5-4 win over then-No. 36 Queens on February 21.
Brevard wraps up their spring break trip Thursday with a match against Upper Iowa, while Charleston faces Baldwin-Wallace.