University of Mount Olive salvaged a split in its two-match road trip as the Trojans defeated Lees-McRae 8-1 in Conference Carolinas women's tennis Saturday at Banner Elk, N.C. The win came less than 24 hours after a 5-4 loss against Limestone Friday at Gaffney, S.C.
Mount Olive (8-3 overall, 3-2 Conference Carolinas) took a 2-1 lead over Limestone Friday after doubles play. Francesca Ceppi and Roxanne Chouinard posted an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Alejandra Hernandez and Maite Belloso won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.
Chouinard won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and after Limestone (4-4, 3-0) got on the scoreboard with a win at No. 2 singles, Ceppi overcame a second-set loss for a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles to put the Trojans within one win of the team victory. But Limestone won the final three singles matches to rally for the dual match win.
Against Lees-McRae (1-10, 0-4), Mount Olive dropped only seven games on its way to sweeping doubles play. Samara Paldinho and Paulina Delgado combined for an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. The Trojans won each of the top five singles before Lees-McRae prevented the shutout with a three-set win at No. 6 singles.
Mount Olive returns to action Tuesday as the Trojans play host to Randolph-Macon in a non-conference contest. Match time is 3 p.m. at Walker Tennis Center.
Limestone 5, Mount Olive 4
1. Francesca Ceppi (UMO) def. Alexandra Boulbin (LC) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
2. Marian Pinate (LC) def. Alejandra Hernandez (UMO) 6-2, 6-3
3. Roxanne Chouinard (UMO) def. Julia Moreira (LC) 6-2, 6-2
4. Manon Janin (LC) def. Samara Paldinho (UMO) 6-0, 6-0
5. Jessica Martinez (LC) def. Paulina Delgado (UMO) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
6. Hannah Hopkins (LC) def. Maite Belloso (UMO) 6-0, 6-0
1. Francesca Ceppi/Roxanne Chouinard (UMO) def. Julia Moreira/Marian Pinate (LC) 8-3
2. Alejandra Hernandez/Maite Belloso (UMO) def. Alexandra Boulbin/Jessica Martinez (LC) 8-6
3. Hannah Hopkins/Ariel Svantesson (LC) def. Samara Paldinho/Paulina Delgado (UMO) 8-6
Mount Olive 8, Lees-McRae 1
1. Francesca Ceppi (UMO) def. Samantha Wohlers (LMC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Roxanne Chouinard (UMO) def. Hillary Lutz (LMC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alejandra Hernandez (UMO) def. Caroline Green (LMC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Paulina Delgado (UMO) def. Taylor Bost (LMC) 6-4, 6-2
5. Maite Belloso (UMO) def. Amanda Chapman (LMC) 6-4, 6-2
6. Jordan Mayer (LMC) def. Nicole Karas (UMO) 6-2, 4-6, 10-4
1. Francesca Ceppi/Roxanne Chouinard (UMO) def. Samantha Wohlers/Hillary Lutz (LMC) 8-2
2. Alejandra Hernandez/Maite Belloso (UMO) def. Caroline Green/Taylor Bost (LMC) 8-4
3. Paulina Delgado/Samara Paldinho (UMO) def. Amanda Chapman/Jordan Mayer (LMC) 8-1