VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The seventh-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University women's tennis team punched its ticket to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title game as the squad downed the third-seeded Hornets of Lynchburg, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at the Everett Tennis Center. With the win, the Marlins move to 13-8 on the season.
Lynchburg took the first two points of the match, taking first and third doubles. The Hornets were up 7-3 in second doubles, looking for the clean sweep but Katie Staman and Kellen Phillips had a different idea. The two teamed up to push the score to 8-8, eventually taking the point with a 7-3 victory in the tie breaker.
Entering singles, the Marlins found success at the bottom of their order. Kristina Sabelstrom cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at sixth, while Phillips collected a 6-1, 6-3 win at fifth. Courtney Simmons also earned a point, overtaking her opponent 6-2, 6-3 at fourth.
The final point of the came in a two hour battle at third singles. Staman easily took the first set, 6-1, but was stymied in the second set 6-3. The two battled in the third set, knowing what was on the line, but it was Staman who came out top, taking the set 6-4.
Women's tennis will now go on to the title game where they will play the top-seeded Generals of Washington and Lee. The match will take place at 8:45 a.m. at Old Dominion University's Folkes Stevens Tennis Center