Trinity Beats Millsaps to Advance to SCAC Championship Match
North Little Rock, Arkansas - The Tiger women's tennis team defeated Millsaps College 8-1 to advance to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship match for the first time in three seasons.
Trinity improves to 17-7 this season with the win, and will shoot for its first conference title since sharing the crown in 2006. The Tigers have finished third the past two seasons (also third in 2007), and were second in 2008 and 2009.
The doubles competition saw Trinity jump out to a 3-0 lead in the match, starting with an 8-0 win by Stephanie Williamson and Kassie Seger at No. 3 doubles. Mackenzie Knoop and Thavindra Ekanayake won 8-4 at the top doubles spot. At line two, Katie Griffith and Kylie Hornbeck earned a hard-fought 9-7 win.
Lavinia Bendandi scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5, leading the Tigers to five wins in six individual matches in singles. Ekanayake (No. 2) and Williamson (No. 6) both earned 6-0, 6-2 wins in singles.
Hornbeck took a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles, while doubles partner Katie Griffith suffered a 2-6, 5-7 loss at No. 3. Knoop battled out a 4-6, 6-1, 10-4 win at line one to finish off the scoring.
Trinity will face familiar foe Sewanee: University of the South in the SCAC Championship on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. The two teams came into the tournament as the top seeds.