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Lady Bisons start spring season strongly
Kristin Lusk
Kristin Lusk

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Lady Bisons opened their spring season with a 6-1 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday night at Richland Country Club.

First time doubles partners, freshman Mackenzie Bishop and sophomore Elizabeth Keevil, started off the night with a win at the number two doubles spot, rolling over their opponents 8-1.  

With a close 9-7 defeat, the veteran duo of junior Kara Jackson and sophomore Danielle Hansen followed up with another win at number one, giving the Lady Bisons the doubles point.  

Junior transfer from UT Martin, Julianne McMeen, and freshman Carlina Jow had a strong 3-0 lead at number three doubles before retiring after the Bisons clinched the doubles point.

Entering into singles play with a 1-0 lead, the Lady Bisons proved they could play more than just doubles.  

Bishop came off court first, easily defeating Te’Isha Mixon at the number one spot  6-0, 6-3.

Keevil fell to Denise Cherry at number two singles in a tough three setter, losing 6-4, 0-6, 1-6.

Quickly crushing A&M’s Shannon Warner, Hansen took another win at the number three spot, advancing the Lady Bisons to a 3-1 lead.

Jackson added another win at number four singles, defeating opponent Brittany Jelks 6-3, 6-0, which brought the Lady Bisons to a 4-1 lead, clinching the match.

Sophomore Samantha Bowman glided through her match against Alison Gladness, winning 6-1, 6-1 at number six singles.

McMeen battled out a victory at the number five spot, beating Jasmine Cherry 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 with a tiebreaker substituting for the third set.

“It’s good to have the first win under our belt.  I saw some nerves tonight, but that will be better with our second match,” head coach Kristin Lusk said about her team’s 6-1 victory.

The Lady Bisons will travel to Chattanooga for their second match, which will be Friday, January 29, against UTC.

Doubles:
  1. Hansen/Jackson (LU) def. T. Mixon/S.Warner (A&M) 9-7
  2. Bishop/Keevil (LU) def. D. Cherry/B. Jelks (A&M) 8-1
  3. McMeen/Jow (LU) lead J. Cherry/A. Gladness (A&M) 3-0
Singles:
  1. Bishop (LU) def. Mixon (A&M) 6-0, 6-3
  2. D. Cherry (A&M) def. Keevil (LU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
  3. Hansen (LU) def. Warner (A&M) 6-0, 6-1
  4. Jackson (LU) def. Jelks (A&M) 6-3, 6-1
  5. McMeen (LU) def. Cherry (A&M) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
  6. Bowman (LU) def. Gladness (A&M) 6-1, 6-1