Bahamian collegiate tennis players hit the courts

Playing in the number three singles match for the Missouri Valley College Vikings, Bahamian collegiate tennis player Lauryn Daxon defeated Karson Light of Milligan College 6-1 and 6-2 during spring break in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on Monday.

With the win, Daxon, a junior, and the Vikings improved to a 5-1 win-loss record on the season. They went on to defeat Lawrence Technological University on Tuesday, and improved to 6-1.

Meanwhile, Joshua Turnquest and the Asbury University Eagles won over Olivet Nazarene, 4-3, on the Asbury Tennis Courts in Wilmore, Kentucky. Bouncing back from a number one singles loss, 6-4 and 6-2, to Francisco Faria, Turnquest, a junior, teamed up with Felipe Penuela for the number one doubles match, and the duo were victorious over Faria and Alex Verdu, 6-3.

Turnquest and the Eagles went on to play Southwestern College at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, on Tuesday and fell, 4-3. They dropped to 3-2 on the season.

Turnquest won his number one singles match, defeating David Moral Tebar, 6-3 and 6-2. However, he and doubles partner Penuela fell to Sheldon Hawthorne and Ryan Fung in a close match, 7-6(5).

Sierra Donaldson and the Lee University Flames won 5-2 over Tarelton State on Monday afternoon. They also won over the University of Mary, 7-0, and Winona State University, 6-1, on Tuesday.

Against Tarelton State in Orlando, Florida, Donaldson, a sophomore, played the number four singles match and won in a thriller in a three-setter over Faustine Palatte, 2-6, 6-4 and 11-9. Donaldson then teamed up with Lauren Trammell and they breezed past Delfina Rodriguez and Aubry Hutson, 6-1. With the three victories on Monday and Tuesday, the team improved to 3-5 on the season.

Against the University of Mary, playing in the number four singles match, Donaldson shut out Heidi Jacobson, 6-0 and 6-0. In doubles, she and Trammell won easily over Kelsey Lajom and Kali Askvig, 6-2.

Against Winona State, Donaldson and the Flames continued a fantastic spring break trip for them, winning easily. In the number four singles match, Donaldson won over Rachel Kelly in three sets, 6-4, 2-6 and 10-7. In doubles, Donaldson and Trammell won easily over Tayla Card and Rina Niehoff, 6-1.

The Lady Flames are now 6-5 on the year and will take two days off before wrapping up the week on Friday against Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Abigail Simms and Indiana Tech suffered a tough 7-0 loss to the top-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Georgia Gwinnett College. The Indiana Tech Warriors dropped to 7-4 on the season. Simms, a freshman, lost her number one singles match to Maria Genovese, 6-0 and 6-0. She and doubles partner Carolina Fabbri fell to Selina Pichler and Tereza Koplova, 6-0.

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