Wingate, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s tennis team built a 4-2 lead over Wingate on Saturday afternoon but could not hold on, losing 5-4 in their 2009 South Atlantic Conference opener. Wingate took the final three singles matches for the win.
The Bulldogs (4-3, 1-0 SAC) won two of three doubles points. In the top flight, Hollyn Alberghini (Stanfield, N.C.) and Samantha Alschlager (Burnsville, Minn.) edged Lindsay Shaeffer (Perrysburg, Ohio) and Kim Dixon (Charlotte, N.C.), 8-5. Brevard took the No. 2 match, 8-6, as Lindsay Hostetter (Livonia, Mich.) and Kayley Duval (Redding, Calif.) slid past Kara Stasikelis (Greer, S.C.) and Pierce Dillard (Simpsonville, S.C.). The third flight went to the ‘Dogs, as Zoe Hartas (Sydney, Australia) and Eva Opala (Redziny, Poland) won a 9-7 match over Sara Douglas (Houston, Texas) and Merek Slagle (Hendersonville, N.C.).
Brevard (3-1, 0-1 SAC) won the top three singles points. The feature match went to Shaeffer, 7-5, 6-3 over Stasikelis, and the second flight point was Hostetter’s, 6-3, 6-1 over Dillard. The No. 3 match was won by Duval over Hartas, 6-2, 6-0.
The fifth and sixth flight matches were the next to finish. The No. 5 point was Wingate’s as Jennifer Nyman (Morganton, N.C.) fell to Alschlager, 6-3, 6-2. The No. 6 points also belonged to the Bulldogs, with Opala downing Douglas, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
With the overall match tied at 4-4, the No. 4 match decided the winner. Wingate won the point and the entire affair when Alberghini took a three-setter from Dixon, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.
Brevard finishes off a weekend swing with a Saturday match against Queens. Wingate takes on East Carolina in their next match, on March 7.