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LWC Women's Tennis captures 2017 MSC Tournament crown

LWC Women's Tennis has now won 15 straight matches this season
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By Charles Balcom
News from Lindsey Wilson College

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Lindsey Wilson women's tennis team captured the 2017 Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship after downing Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 on Monday evening at Kereiakes Park.

It marks the 13th-consecutive MSC Tournament Championship for the Blue Raiders dating back to the 2005 season.

The No. 2-ranked Blue Raiders (19-4) have now won 15-straight matches this season after the triumph over the No. 15-ranked Patriots (15-8).

Lindsey Wilson quickly moved ahead after securing all three doubles points in the championship match. Alex Shchipakina and Natalia Kattah got things started by defeating Denee Lyttle and Luka Lyttle, 8-1, at the third-seeded flight. Lindsey Wilson then took a 2-0 lead as Jovana Peric and Minja Gligic (ranked No. 23 in the NAIA) took down Marian Bogajo and Maria Ochoa at No. 2 doubles. The Blue Raiders completed the doubles sweep at No. 1 with Maria Prados Cid and Fiona Curty (No. 7 in the NAIA) upsetting Isabella Dale and Jaclyn Jewell (ranked fifth in NAIA), 8-3.

Lindsey Wilson then quickly secured the fourth and decisive fifth point after Peric won at No. 5 singles and Gligic won at No. 2 singles with perfect 6-0, 6-0, victories to clinch the tournament for the Blue Raiders.

Earlier in the day, Lindsey Wilson swept Georgetown in the MSC semifinals 5-0.

The Blue Raiders swept the doubles matches against Georgetown to build a 3-0 advantage before Shchipakina and Prados Cid won their respective singles matchups to send Lindsey Wilson into the title match.

With Monday's tournament victory, the Blue Raiders earns the Mid-South's automatic bid into the NAIA National Championship next month in Mobile, Alabama. The NAIA National Championship field is slated to be announced on Saturday, May 6.

This story was posted on 2017-04-25 04:46:34
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