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Runa Muderrisoglu
Runa Muderrisoglu won at both number one singles and in number one doubles for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Defeats Lincoln Memorial at Home

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team ended its season on a high note as the Bears defeated Lincoln Memorial, 5-2, and finished the campaign with a 9-3 conference record.

At the start of the match, all three doubles lines cruised their way to a 6-2 victory to take the first point of the afternoon.

The No. 3 line of Dawson Clifford and Alexa Allison were the first pair to finish while the No. 2 duo of Nellie Wahlberg and Alicia Wahlberg clinched the doubles point for the Bears. The No. 1 team of Claudia Orsini and Runa Muderrisoglu brought up the rear to give LR the clean sweep.

Transitioning into singles, Muderrisoglu took control early in her match as she prevailed with the 6-0, 7-5 result at the No. 1 line. In her first collegiate season, the Duzce, Turkey native complied a 15-3 record, with 14 wins coming at the top spot of the order.

Earning another straight set victory for the Bears was Jessica Fuchs at the No. 5 spot. The sophomore, who played her first match of the season in that part of the order, ended the regular season with a 6-2, 6-4 win.

While the Railsplitters got their first tally of the day with a three-set victory at the No. 3 spot, Nellie Wahlberg closed the door with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

The freshman from Stockholm, Sweden, ended her regular season with four-straight victories and had a 15-2 overall record.

Although the Bears had already taken the result, Orsini secured a three-set thriller to bring an end to the match. The sophomore had two tight sets with her opposition as Orsini won the first set, 7-5, while LMU’s Rosalie Carrier-Dulac took the second set, 6-4.

In lieu of a traditional third set, the two played a 10-point tiebreaker that went the distance. Fortunately for Orsini, she was able to come out on top, 12-10, and give the Bears their fifth and final point of the match.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team will head down to Sumter, S.C. for the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The competition will begin on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. from the Palmetto Tennis Center. The Bears’ opponent is still yet to be determined.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}