Trojans Open Women's Tennis Spring Season With 6-3 Win At Lenoir-Rhyne

Trojans Open Women's Tennis Spring Season With 6-3 Win At Lenoir-Rhyne

Francesca Ceppi won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and combined with Roxanne Chouinard for a win at No. 1 doubles as University of Mount Olive opened its 2014 women's tennis spring season with a 6-3 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne University in non-conference action Friday at Hickory, N.C. The Trojans, which carried a 3-0 fall record into spring competition, won two of three doubles matches and captured the top three singles flights.

Mount Olive (4-0) took a 2-1 lead in doubles after Ceppi and Chouinard posted an 8-1 victory and Samara Paldinho and Paulina Delgado won 9-7 at No. 3 doubles. Ceppi won 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and Chouinard won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Alejandra Hernandez dropped the first set at No. 2 singles 6-2, but rallied for a 6-0 win in the second set. The third set was tied 5-5 when Lenoir-Rhyne's Nateesha Hurtt retired to give Hernandez the win. Maite Belloso won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.

Mount Olive has its home opener Sunday as the Trojans play host to nationally 12th-ranked Francis Marion University in a non-conference match-up. Match time is 1 p.m. at Walker Tennis Center on the University of Mount Olive campus.

Mount Olive 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
1. Francesca Ceppi (UMO) def. Zorica Djuric (L-R) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Alejandra Hernandez (UMO) def. Nateesha Hurtt (L-R) 2-6, 6-0, 5-5, retired
3. Roxanne Chouinard (UMO) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (L-R) 6-0, 6-2
4. Lacey Lapp (L-R) def. Samara Paldinho (UMO) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maggie Brown (L-R) def. Paulina Delgado (UMO) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8
6. Maite Belloso (UMO) def. Amanda Bryan (L-R) 6-3, 6-3

1. Francesca Ceppi/Roxanne Chouinard (UMO) def. Zorica Djuric/Lacey Lapp (L-R) 8-1
2. Nateesha Hurtt/Lela Sparks Thompson (L-R) def. Alejandra Hernandez/Maite Belloso (UMO) 8-6
3. Samara Paldinho/Paulina Delgado (UMO) def. Maggie Brown/Meaghan Liner (L-R) 9-7

Mount Olive: 4-0
Lenoir-Rhyne: 2-2