SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- Vixen Tennis continued its five match home slate with a contest against the Shenandoah University Hornets on Wednesday afternoon. SBC No. 2 doubles pairing Sarah Manter (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and Emma Merritt-Cuneo (Pacifica, Calif./Oceana) earned an 8-2 victory to keep SBC in the running after the first half of competition.
On the singles side, Yuliya Rigg (Sweet Briar, Va./Amherst) scored the first point for SBC when she posted a 6-1, 6-0 on court No. 6. The triumph evened the count at two points apiece.
SU then claimed victory at the second and third singles spots to push the lead to 4-2 in favor of the visitors.
In a pivotal match on court No.1, Sweet Briar's Manter battled Hornet Shannon Allin (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock). The two went the distance in the first set with Allin taking the lead after a lengthy 8-6 tiebreaker. Manter and Allin squared off again in the second set, but the visitors held on for win. The court No. 1 triumph was enough to give Shenandoah the match win.
Vixen players Merritt-Cuneo and Rachel Byrd (Hartfield, Va./Mathews) each earned singles victory in the effort.
On Friday, April 5, SBC returns to the courts for a rescheduled match with Emory & Henry College. The ODAC match will begin at 4 p.m. The April 5th tennis match is the first in a series of Vixen Athletics events to be held during the NCAA Division III Week celebration.
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Shenandoah Hornets vs Sweet Briar College (Apr 03, 2013)
Shenandoah Hornets 5, Sweet Briar College 4
Apr 03, 2013 at Sweet Briar College
|1. Shannon Allin (SUW) def. Sarah Manter (SBC) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4|
|2. Molly Barb (SUW) def. Glory Bowman (SBC) 6-1, 6-2|
|3. Amy Rapp (SUW) def. Mary Elise Dugan (SBC) 6-3, 6-0|
|4. Emma Merritt-Cuneo (SBC) def. Rachel Gross (SUW) 6-4, 6-3|
|5. Rachel Byrd (SBC) def. Amber Lake (SUW) 6-4, 6-4|
|6. Yuliya Rigg (SBC) def. Courtney Wheeler (SUW) 6-1, 6-0|
|1. Shannon Allin/Molly Barb (SUW) def. Glory Bowman/Mary Elise Dugan (SBC) 8-2|
|2. Sarah Manter/Emma Merritt-Cuneo (SBC) def. Amy Rapp/Hannah Johnson (SUW) 8-2|
|3. Amber Lake/Rachel Gross (SUW) def. Allie Raifsnider/Rachel Byrd (SBC) 8-6|
|Shenandoah Hornets 4-7|
|Sweet Briar College 4-9|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,2,3,1,4,5)|
|sunny, upper 50's with a light breeze|