Women’s Tennis Nips Snead State, 5-4

Women’s Tennis Nips Snead State, 5-4

Marion, AL—For the second Saturday in a row the Lady Tigers knocked off the Snead State Lady Parsons, 5-4.  The previous encounter in Boaz, AL, was decided by a third-set super tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles.  This time around the match came down to the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches.

The Lady Tigers snagged two of the three doubles matches to begin the match.  MMI's No. 1 doubles team of Shannon Brewer and Lydia Carter played sloppy tennis for the better part of the first set but still managed to win that first set, 6-4.  Both players tightened up their games in the second set and won that set in convincing fashion, 6-0.  Maria Cespedes and Ashley Johnston pulled out a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles.  The Snead team of Bertoldi and Owens won 6-1, 6-3 at the third doubles slot.

Snead won Singles Flights 4, 5, and 6 convincingly, winning each of those flights in straight sets.  Sidney Garner double-breadsticked Ashley Johnston, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.  Amanda Bertoldi dumped Victoria Jones, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.  And Courtney Moore double-bageled Shikiria Franklin, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.

With Snead State holding a 4-2 lead, MMI's Lydia Carter closed the scoring gap to 4-3 with a solid performance at No. 2 singles, winning 6-1, 6-3.  Shannon Brewer then evened the match at 4 apiece with a come-from-behind three-set win at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

That left the match in the capable hands of Maria Cespedes, MMI's No. 2 singles player.  After cruising to a 6-2 first-set win, Cespedes let the second set slip away, 6-7 (1).  At that point a disappointed Cespedes continued to crush her forehands into the corners while throwing in a few well-timed and well-played drop shots.  Cespedes rolled through the third set, 6-2.

The Lady Tigers remain at home to take on the Lady Sun Chiefs of Faulkner State Community College.  Match play begins at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25.   


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