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Bahamian collegiate tennis players continue to shine

Bahamian collegiate tennis players Sydney Clarke, Sierra Donaldson and Abigail Simms continue to play at a high level for their respective schools. They were in action this past week as their schools finished in the win column.

Simms and the nationally number 23 ranked Indiana Tech Warriors (12-3) took down the number 24 ranked Marian University Knights (14-10), 5-2, in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) action on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bahamian had a tough outing at the Wildwood Racquet Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She and her doubles partner Isadora Hrnjak, who are nationally ranked at number 21, were upset by the Knights’ Laura Kuebler and Teodora Simion. They lost 6-2 in the number one doubles position.

The Warriors were still able to come away with the victory in the doubles portion of competition.

Simms played Katrina Bopst in the number two singles matchup, and fell in two straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4.

Clarke and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers (12-6) have been on a roll lately. They picked up their 10th victory in their last 11 duals and fourth straight victory when they took down the Kennesaw State University Owls (5-12), 4-2, on Monday. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I dual matchup for the Blazers was played on the road at the Betty Siegel Courts in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Clarke and doubles partner Annalisa Smith had an unfinished result against Ji Youn Lee and Valentina Taddia.

In singles play, the freshman only needed two sets to easily take care of Taddia, 6-3 and 6-3, in number four singles play. This win helped her team to take a 2-1 lead.

The singles victory was her ninth victory in her last 11 matches and her fourth straight victory as she stayed perfect this month.

It was a close call for Donaldson and the Lee University Flames (7-4) last Friday against the Delta State University Statesmen (3-6). The Flames escaped with a slim 4-3 victory in NCAA Division II action at the DeVos Tennis Center in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Donaldson and doubles partner Carley Sickinger came away with a quick 6-1 victory over Manuela Impeciati and Sophie St. Amant. It helped the Flames to clinch the doubles point in the dual matchup.

The junior was not so fortunate in singles action. She lost in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4, against Katheryne Perez.

Simms and the Warriors play the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers (6-5) tomorrow at home. Action gets underway at noon. This will be their final Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) dual matchup for the season.

Clarke and the Blazers’ regular season concludes at home at the George Ward Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday. They will take on the Middle Tennessee University Blue Raiders (10-9), starting at noon.

Donaldson and the Flames head on the road to play the Auburn University at Montgomery Warhawks (6-5) on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. That dual matchup will be played at the AUM (Auburn University at Montgomery) Tennis Complex, in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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