Centre splits Saturday matches in Nicholasville

Centre splits Saturday matches in Nicholasville

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Centre women's tennis took on Sewanee and Hanover in a Saturday doubleheader at Top Speed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

MATCH ONE: #12 Sewanee 9, Centre 0

The Colonels ran into the top team in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) and one of the best in the nation in Saturday's opener, falling 9-0 to No. 12 Sewanee.

Sewanee won all three doubles matches by at least five games, as Centre's No. 3 duo of Kenny Snow (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and Zena Maddux (Hopkinsville, Ky.) took three in an 8-3 defeat to Sara Thompson and Bea Benavides.

Singles all fell in the Tigers' favor, as well, but senior Aliza Williams (Cincinnati) put together a strong effort against nationally-ranked Catherine Owen at No. 2.

Owen, who entered No. 32 in Division III and No. 7 in-region, needed three sets to defeat Williams, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7).

At No. 1 singles, Abigail Kent (College Station, Texas) fell 6-3, 6-4 to nationally-ranked Clementina Davila.

MATCH TWO: Centre 9, Hanover 0

The Colonels took care of business in the second match, blanking Hanover by a 9-0 score.

Kent and Williams paired up to defeat Caroline Millard and Alana Feeley, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, and Caroline Stallings (Clarksville, Md.) and Emily Zelichenok (Louisville, Ky.) followed with an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Meghan Farrell and Susie Winternheimer.

Maddux and Snow battled Cami Jones and Haley Parker at No. 3 doubles for a close 9-7 victory.

Zelichenok took the first singles point at No. 4 after her opponent retired, and Kent officially clinched the team victory with a 6-1, 6-0 rout over Farnell at No. 1.

Stallings swept Winternheimer 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, and Maddux followed with 6-3, 6-4 decision over Addison Laker at No. 5.

Williams continued her strong day with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 over Jones, and Snow wrapped things up with a three-set, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) win over Feeley.

Centre hits the road next weekend, traveling to meet No. 26 Christopher Newport Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. ET.