SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- On Friday, Sweet Briar College hosted Emory & Henry College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference match. Sweet Briar set its sights on capturing another ODAC win, while EHC looked to collect its first league win of the spring season. Sweet Briar got the result it wanted.
In the doubles competition, EHC took an 8-1 victory on court No. 1, but the SBC side was quick to counter with an 8-4 victory from the court No. 3 pairing of Rachel Byrd (Hartfield, Va./Mathews) and Allie Raifsnider (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson).
The Vixen duo on court No. 2, Sarah Manter (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and Emma Merritt-Cuneo (Pacifica, Calif./Oceana), nearly earned the SBC squad another team point, but Emory & Henry's Meredith Yeary (Knoxville, Tenn./Halls) and Sheyenne Cleveland (Rural Retreat, Va./Rural Retreat) came back from being down 4-5 to take the 8-6 win.
Sweet Briar began singles action down 2-1 in the team point count.
Emory & Henry jumped ahead in singles competition. The Wasps picked up two wins on court Nos. 1 and 2. Sweet Briar's Merritt-Cuneo answered with a court No. 4 victory (6-1, 6-0) and teammate Rachel Byrd also scored a win (6-1, 6-1) on court No. 5.
Yuliya Rigg (Sweet Briar, Va./Amherst) followed suit giving the home team another all important point to pull level with EHC at four-all.
Mary Elise Dugan (Alexandria, Va./ Chatham) went the distance with Emory & Henry's Meredith Yeary (Knoxville, Tenn./Hall). The court No. 3 outcome determined the match winner.
Dugan dropped the first set 6-4, but the gritty first-year rallied to take the second set win (6-2). With all other competitions complete, Dugan and Yeary battled through the third set. Dugan dominated Yeary in the third (6-1) to earn the singles victory and clinch the ODAC win for Sweet Briar.
Today's tennis match begins the Vixen Athletics Division III Week celebration. Division III Week is a National Collegiate Athletics Association initiative geared toward highlighting Division III student-athletes and their many accomplishments as scholars, athletes and citizens.
Sweet Briar College DIII Week events continue on April 6, also recognized as National Student-Athlete Day, with a 2 p.m. lacrosse game. The weekend wraps up with a final home softball doubleheader on Sunday, April 7 beginning at 1 p.m. and on Monday, April 8 the tennis team faces Bridgewater College in a 4:30 p.m. match on the Williams Gymnasium Tennis Courts at Sweet Briar College.
Look for more SBC student-athlete videos, pictures and releases through the week. Along with stories posted on the SBC Athletics flagship site, Vixenathletics.com, DIII Week highlights will be shared across a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot and YouTube.
Fans are invited to sign up for Vixen Athletics social media outlets at the Vixenathletics.com social media page. A full slate of Sweet Briar College Division III Week athletics contests is also available online.
Emory & Henry vs Sweet Briar College (Apr 05, 2013)
Sweet Briar College 5, Emory & Henry 4
Apr 05, 2013 at Sweet Briar College
|1. Alyssa Wingate (EHCW) def. Sarah Manter (SBC) 6-1, 6-1|
|2. Taylor Evans (EHCW) def. Glory Bowman (SBC) 6-0, 6-0|
|3. Mary Elise Dugan (SBC) def. Meredith Yeary (EHCW) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1|
|4. Emma Merritt-Cuneo (SBC) def. Sheyenne Cleveland (EHCW) 6-1, 6-0|
|5. Rachel Byrd (SBC) def. Emily Bolt (EHCW) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. Yuliya Rigg (SBC) def. Casey Blackburn (EHCW) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)|
|1. Alyssa Wingate/Taylor Evans (EHCW) def. Glory Bowman/Mary Elise Dugan (SBC) 8-1|
|2. Meredith Yeary/Sheyenne Cleveland (EHCW) def. Sarah Manter/Emma Merritt-Cuneo (SBC) 8-6|
|3. Rachel Byrd/Allie Raifsnider (SBC) def. Emily Bolt/Casey Blackburn (EHCW) 8-4|
|Emory & Henry 5-9|
|Sweet Briar College 5-9|
|Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (2,1,4,5,6,3)|
|Rescheduled from 3/24|
|Sunny, upper 60's, light breeze|