HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker women’s tennis team picked up a 5-4 victory over Limestone College in their final match of the season. The win improves the Lady Cobras to 4-14 on the year and 2-8 in Conference Carolinas play.
Even with the season ending win, the Lady Cobras come up just short of qualifying for the Conference Carolinas Tennis Championships next week.
It was a close match from start to finish; the Lady Cobras found themselves down 2-1 after doubles play. They got off to a good start in singles play, with Alyssa Blanchard (Columbia, S.C.) picking up her seven conference victory of the season at No. 1 singles with 6-0, 6-2 wins, evening the match at 2-2. A pair of Saints wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles gave Limestone a 4-2 lead. A win be default in the No. 6 singles match, made it 4-3 with two matches left.
It was all up to sophomore Brittany Yando (Sumter, S.C.) at No. 4 and freshman Stephanie Harrelson (Hartsville, S.C.) at No. 5 to give Coker the victory and both players came through. Yando won 6-2, 6-1, while Harrelson got the match deciding victory with 6-4, 6-4 wins.
The Lady Cobras will now prepare for new season and a new coach, as Coach Alvin Cheng leaves Coker to be a tennis club pro in Ohio.