MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Sophia Medeiros and Jessica Souza fought off five match points to rally for a win at No. 1 doubles as Mount Olive defeated Coker 7-1 in Conference Carolinas women’s tennis Saturday at Walker Tennis Center. Medeiros and Souza battled back from deficits of 6-3 and 8-7 before pulling out the 9-8 victory. Camila Kurebayashi’s 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles clinched the team win for Mount Olive.

Medeiros dropped only one game in her singles win, while Pietra Viana and Patricia Guedes both won their singles matches. Souza overcame a 6-0 loss in the first set to even the match at a set apiece, but Alyssa Blanchard (Columbia, S.C.) captured the third set for Coker’s lone victory.

The win improves Mount Olive to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Coker is 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Coker will take on Barton College in their next match on Tuesday, when they travel to Wilson, N.C. for a 2:00 p.m. match.

Mount Olive 7, Coker 1
March 6, 2010
At Mount Olive, N.C. (Walker Tennis Center)

1. Alyssa Blanchard (CC) def. Jessica Souza (MOC) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
2. Camila Kurebayashi (MOC) def. Stephanie Medley (CC) 7-5, 6-2
3. Pietra Viana (MOC) def. Kendall Sigmon (CC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Patricia Guerdes (MOC) def. Brittany Yando (CC) 6-2, 6-1
5. Sophia Medeiros (MOC) def. Stephanie Harrelson (CC) 6-1, 6-0
6. DNP

1. Souza/Medeiros (MOC) def. Blanchard/Medley (CC) 9-8
2. Kurebayashi/Viana (MOC) def. Sigmon/Harrelson (CC) 8-1
3. Guedes/Noelia Mora (MOC) def. Yando/Emma Hayes (CC) 8-1