Women's Tennis Earns Fifth-Straight Victory with Home Win

Sophomore Audrey Bally (Nice, France)
Sophomore Audrey Bally (Nice, France)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's tennis team improved their record to 5-1 with a 7-2 decision to the University of Pikeville on Tuesday afternoon at the Everett Tennis Center.

With Pikeville only traveling with 5 players the Marlins found themselves up 2-0 heading into doubles.  In doubles action, Marlins #2 team of junior Katie Staman (Lancaster, PA) and freshman Courtney Simmons (Reevesville, GA) dropped an 8-4 decision to freshman Andrea Hurtado (Bogota, Columbia) and freshman Camila Agudelo (Bogota, Columbia).  At #1 doubles the Marlins freshman duo of Makayla Velic (Jacksonville, FL) and Audrey Bally (Nice, France) earned a hard fought 9-8 match over freahman Sam Fraser (Indooroopilly, Australia) and senior Cailee Marcum (Pikeville, KY).  

Up 3-1 heading into singles action the Marlins came out strong winning 3 out of 4 streight set matches.  At #1 singles, Makayla Velic defeated Sam Fraser 6-1, 6-4.  At #2 Audrey Bally made quick work of freshman Madison Daniels (Hervey Bay, Australia) 6-0, 6-0.  Senior Kellen Phillips (Alexandria, VA) took out Cailee Marcum 6-3, 6-2 at #5 singles.  Last on at #4 singles Courtney Simmons outlasted Pikeville's Camila Agudelo 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 giving the Marlins the 7-2 victory.

With the win the Marlins improve to 5-1 while Pikeville falls to 2-3 on the young season.  Next up for the Marlins will be a home ODAC showdown against Lynchburg College on Friday March 16th.  The match time is set for 2 PM at the Everett Tennis Center.