The Belmont Abbey women's tennis squad lost to a pair of highly ranked opponents today. First, the Crusaders gave Augusta University, ranked 42nd in the nation, a scare, though they finished on the losing side of a 5-4 match. Later, it lost 7-2 to a USC Aiken team ranked 30th in the nation in what turned into a marathon 1 hour and 45-minute match.
In the Augusta match, the freshman Aisiri Jandyala and sophomore Teagan McNamara provided the shining points of the match. Jandyala earned an 8-6 victory at #1 singles, McNamara recorded an 8-6 win at #2 singles, and the duo won at #2 doubles 8-6. Junior Erika Noblett also won her #6 singles game by a score of 8-3.
Against USC Aiken, Jandyala again won at #1 singles with an 8-5 win, while she and McNamara earned an 8-6 victory at #2 doubles.
Jandyala has registered a 3-0 singles start and 2-1 doubles record this spring - the results coming against a regionally ranked singles opponent against Lenoir-Rhyne and against two top nationally ranked teams in USC Aiken and Augusta.
Head Coach Michael Salomon offered his thoughts on the day's action: "Seeing the progress we've made, even since last Saturday, is very encouraging. We've taken a lot of the concepts we've been implementing in practice and put them into action today under pressure. We went from a 9-0 loss against Augusta in 2016, to a nail-biting 5-4 finish this year (2017). It's a good measuring stick of some of the progress we have made, but we need to continue to stay hungry to reach our full potential as we are just beginning the process of realizing the level at which we are capable of performing."