Lady Rams Tennis Drops First Match Of Season, 9-0, To Methodist College
Feb. 20, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- The WSSU Women's Tennis team took to the courts for their first match of the year on Sunday, February 19, 2006 versus Fayetteville, NC's Methodist College, and despite the intense play and determination of all the Lady Rams, WSSU could only manage to take a few games from the tough Monarch squad en route to a 9-0 defeat.
At first doubles, Amanda Walker and Monica Ball squared off against Tiffany Tucker and Leighton Bull. The Methodist team ran out to a quick 5-0 lead before strategic moves were taken to allow the Lady Rams to have more success. Amanda and Monica played the Methodist pair even from then on, ultimately losing 8-3.
At number two doubles, Lady Ram newcomer Carmen Davis and veteran Ashley Hopper combined to fight the Methodist team of Jenny Smith and Julie Angrick. Giving their best effort, they still were defeated by the score of 8-1.
The Lady Rams had to forfeit to Cameron Tinkman and Heather Aldridge at third doubles allowing the Methodist Monarchs to take a 3-0 lead, a lead that would prove to be insurmountable.
In singles, after shaking off the first match jitters, The Lady Rams played significantly better and earned additional wins.
At first Singles, Amanda Walker played a scrappy Jenny Smith to a 10-3 loss. The games were twenty rallies long and Amanda played well in her first match at the top spot. Consistency cost her in the long run and she allowed Jenny to sweep the last five games closing out the match from the 5-3 lead at mid point. "All the games were much closer than the score indicated" head coach Charlie Schoderbek stated.
"With a little extra work Amanda will be winning more and more games this season. She has huge potential" he said.
At second singles, freshman Monica Ball fought hard but was denied any games by the Monarch's number one player from 2004-05, Leighton Bull.
"I saw some really good points from Monica, but we just couldn't string enough of them together for a complete game" Schoderbek commented.
Even with the 10-0 loss, Coach Schoderbek said Monica didn't realize exactly what level of play existed in the college ranks. With this first match under her belt, Monica will only rise to the occasion now that she knows what to expect, he commented.
At third singles, recently added player Jessica Adams-Alexander played well against Julie Angrick before succumbing to a 10-0 defeat. Jessica can only practice every three days because of track and field commitments at WSSU.
"Warmer weather should help with the amount of practice time available for her" Schoderbek said.
At fourth singles, Ashley Hopper squared off with Shannon Vivian and lost 10-2 in a long, aggressive match.
At fifth singles, Carmen Davis locked horns with Cameron Tinkman for her first singles match. Playing well at the end, Carmen won two of the last five games before the outcome was decided 10-2.
At sixth singles, the Lady Rams forfeited to Heather Aldridge bringing the final score to the 9-0 loss recorded for the Lady Rams.
Coach Schoderbek added, "These girls we played today are all majoring in Professional Tennis Management and have much more experience behind them than us. With a little time, we will be able to give them a better match as our experience grows."
The Lady Rams will have an opportunity to defend 2004-05's win over Salem College on the 28th of February at 4:00 pm.
For additional information on WSSU women's tennis, contact the WSSU Office of Sports Information at (336) 750-2143 or log on to the Official Website of WSSU Athletics at www.WSSURAMS.com
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