By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
MOBILE, Ala. – (Scores) (Bracket) The NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship got underway Tuesday afternoon with eight matches taking place at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. Three of the eight matches were 8-1 winners with the winners moving on to meet the top eight seeds who received a bye into the second round. Second round action kicks-off at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
The closest match of the afternoon came between Indiana Wesleyan and Coastal Georgia. Indiana Wesleyan came away with a hard fought, 5-4, victory. The Wildcats dominated in doubles, winning all three sets. However, Coastal Georgia mounted a comeback in singles. Three of the four wins by Coastal Georgia in singles came in three sets. The 3-0 deficit was too much to overcome for the Mariners and the Wildcats advanced to the second round. Indiana Wesleyan will face top-seed Xavier (La.) in the second round.
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) advanced to the second round after defeating Mobile (Ala.), 9-0, on Tuesday afternoon. Embry-Riddle won all three doubles matchups, 8-1, to collect three points to start the match. The Eagles continued to dominate in singles winning. In a highly contested No. 1 singles matchup Hui-I Huang defeated Agnese Rozite, 6-1, 1-6, 11-9. The Eagles face eighth-seed Westmont (Calif.) tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the second round.
Oklahoma Baptist improved to 14-10 on the season with a 7-2 win over Bethel (Kan.) in the first round of the national championship. After winning two-of-three doubles matches, Oklahoma Baptist never looked back, winning five of the six singles matches. Oklahoma Baptist will face fifth-seed William Carey (Miss.) tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Concordia (Calif.) advanced to the second round by beating the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan, 8-1, on Tuesday. Concordia took all three double matches to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. The Eagles did not look back as they only dropped one singles match, No. 3 singles, en route to an 8-1 victory. Concordia will face fourth-seed SCAD Savannah (Ga.) in the second round.
The first time appearance was not what Davenport (Mich.) was looking for in the national championship as they fell 8-1 to Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). Olivet Nazarene won all three of the doubles matches to jump out to a 3-0 lead. The Tigers continued to dominate in singles as they only lost one singles match, No. 6 singles. Olivet Nazarene moves on to face third-seed Brenau (Ga.) in the second round.
Vanguard (Calif.) defeated Evangel (Mo.), 8-1, in the first round of the national championship Tuesday. Evangel, who was making its first appearance at the national championship, won No. 1 doubles 9-7 for its only point. Vanguard took the last two double matches and all six singles matches. The Lions will face sixth-seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in round two.
Northwood (Fla.) cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Grenaders of IU Southeast in the first round of the national championship. The Seahawks won all three doubles matches and only dropped five sets in singles in the first round. Northwood advances to the second round to face seventh-seed Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) tomorrow at 1 p.m.
In its very first national championship match, SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) defeated Cumberland (Tenn.), 6-3. SCAD Atlanta pulled out two of the doubles matches, winning No. 1 and 3 doubles. Lee-Anne Lingo picked up her seventh win in No. 2 singles helping the Bees to victory. SCAD Savannah will meet up with defending national champion and second-seed Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) in the second round.
All eight teams that received first-round byes will be in action as the women’s championships resume at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
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