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Maryville Women's Tennis Escapes Emory & Henry, 5-4, Sunday Afternoon

Payton Holt readies to hit a forehand.

EMORY, Va. - The Maryville (Tenn.) College Women's Tennis Team (1-0) earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Emory & Henry College (0-1) Sunday afternoon in the season-opener for both squads.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE - Maryville 5, Emory & Henry 4
LOCATION - Emory, Virginia
VENUE - Richardson Tennis Courts
RECORDS - Emory & Henry (0-1, 0-0 ODAC), Maryville (1-0, 0-0 USA South)

How It Happened
The Scots opened up a 2-1 lead through doubles play but Wasp freshmen Haley Hammonds (Norton, Va.) and Sarah Marion (Dobson, N.C.) claimed an 8-3 victory at the third doubles flight.

In singles, Emory & Henry got victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5. Freshman Payton Holt (Mount Ulla, N.C.) won 6-3, 6-4 at the top flight while sophomore Logan Graham (Radford, Va.) prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2. Freshman Chrissy Rukeyser (Knoxville, Tenn.) picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win at the fifth pairing.

The Results

Singles competition
1. Payton Holt (E&HW) def. Kayla Zimmerman (MVCW) 6-3, 6-4
2. Logan Graham (E&HW) def. Anastasia Dunn (MVCW) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
3. Kaleigh Basilio (MVCW) def. Sarah Marion (E&HW) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Melanie Kowalewski (MVCW) def. Cailie Pollard (E&HW) 6-3, 6-3
5. Chrissy Rukeyser (E&HW) def. Eliza Cheshire (MVCW) 6-3, 6-3
6. Carolyne Koella (MVCW) def. Haley Hammonds (E&HW) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Kayla Zimmerman/Anastasia Dunn (MVCW) def. Payton Holt/Chrissy Rukeyser (E&HW) 8-4
2. Kaleigh Basilio/Melanie Kowalewski (MVCW) def. Cailie Pollard/Logan Graham (E&HW) 8-4
3. Sarah Marion/Haley Hammonds (E&HW) def. Eliza Cheshire/Carolyne Koella (MVCW) 8-3

Up Next
Emory & Henry will open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, September 25 when it visits Washington and Lee University. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m.