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Women's Tennis Cruises Past Averett in USA South First Round

Photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information
Photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The No. 1-seeded Covenant women's tennis team swept doubles play and cruised past No. 4 seed Averett, 8-1, on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the USA South Tournament at the McCluskey Tennis Center in LaGrange.

Covenant (13-7) moves on to face the winner of Agnes Scott and North Carolina Wesleyan in the semifinals of the tournament on Friday at 2 p.m.

The Lady Scots got off to a good start in doubles play. The No. 1 team of Aly Hall and Esther Eddy toppled Averett's Heidi Sarkkinen and Hannah Mattson 8-6 to take a 3-0 lead. Earlier in doubles, Claire Luger and Gracie Smith knocked off Jordyn Minton and Ashley Thornton 8-2, while Annie DeLuca and Jennie Spielman were 8-1 winners at No. 3 over Miriam Lindberg and Frida Lundquist.

In singles, Covenant took each match from No. 2 on down the lineup. DeLuca, who was named second team All-West Division earlier in the day, was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Mattson at the second flight. Fellow second teamer from the West, Luger won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 against Minton. At No. 4, Eddy collected a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lindberg to clinch the match

After the match was clinched, the final two singles matches were played to one, 8-game pro set. Smith knocked off Lundquist 8-0 and Spielman was also an 8-0 winner at No. 6 over Thornton. Covenant's lone loss of the match was Hall at No. 1 as she fell to the USA South Player of the Year, and undefeated, Sarkkinen.


The opponent and location for Friday's semifinal match will be determined later Thursday night.


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