Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women's tennis team put forth a valiant effort, but in the end was outlasted by Carson-Newman, 5-4, Wednesday afternoon. Kayley Duval (Redding, Calif.) and Kim Dixon (Charlotte, N.C.) were stars for the Tornados (4-3, 0-2 South Atlantic Conference), winning in both singles and doubles play.
The Tornados took two of three points in pairs action. The top-flight BC duo of Dixon and Lindsay Shaeffer (Perrysburg, Ohio) took down Amanda Bartlett (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Elizabeth Sneed (Kingsport, Tenn.), 8-5, and Duval teamed with Lindsay Hostetter to beat Kylie Elliott (Maryville, Tenn.) and Taryn Cappadonna, 8-4. The only Eagle point of the doubles portion went to the No. 3 team of Emily Sorah (Bristol, Tenn.) and Cassie Moulton (Maryville, Tenn.), 8-6, over Sara Douglas (Houston, Texas) and Merek Slagle (Hendersonville, N.C.).
Carson-Newman (1-0, 1-0 SAC) took the top three flights in singles action. Bartlett got past Shaeffer, 6-2, 6-3, and Sneed took down Hostetter in the final match to finish, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. In the No. 3 match, Elliott slid past Jennifer Nyman (Morganton, N.C.), 6-2, 6-2.
Duval took down Cappadonna in the fourth flight, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 and Dixon beat Sorah, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5. The final flight belonged to the Eagles, as Moulton beat Douglas, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
"Our girls played their tails off today," Brevard coach Paul Thomson said after the match. "I am very proud of their effort."
The Tornados return to the courts on March 8 against Wheaton College in Hilton Head, S.C. The Eagles play North Greenville Friday at 2:00 p.m.