The UVa-Wise women’s tennis team had a successful fall campaign and looked to build some momentum for next fall’s season.
The Cavaliers got off to a slow start in the spring as they lost their first two matches of the season, but they picked up their first win over the University of Pikeville on March 18.
The spring season got underway for the Cavs on February 26 against Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU dominated from start to finish as they won all six matches in singles play, and two of the three doubles matches. The only victory of the day for the Cavaliers came when Daria Tyshchenko and Aya Melhem defeated LMU’s Priscilla Bulandres and Kiersten Waugh, 8-6, in doubles play.
The Cavaliers were in action in Wise for the first time on March 4 when they took on Davis and Elkins College. Davis and Elkins was in control from the start on a chilly day in Wise, as they won five of six matches in singles play and two of three in doubles play.
The only win of the day in singles play for the Cavs came when Mackenzie Lawson defeated Davis and Elkins’ Amanda Fewster 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9). In doubles play, the Cavs only win came when Daria Tyshchenko and Serena Burgess defeated Davis and Elkins’ Amanda Fewster and Haileigh Carper, 9-7.
On March 18, it was the Cavaliers who were in control as they cruised to their first victory of the spring. The Cavs won five of six matches in singles play (two by forfeit), and two of three in doubles play (one by forfeit).
Aya Melhem, Taylor Carter, and Carlysle Funk all won their matches, and the additional two forfeit wins gave the Cavaliers a dominant win. In doubles play, Mackenzie Lawson and Serena Burgess defeated Pikeville’s Bryanna Schroers and Emma Wonn, 8-2. The match on March 18 concluded the women’s spring season.