No. 3 Lynn downs Abilene Christian
Fighting Knights cruise past Wildcats, into semifinals
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – In a battle of top-six schools, No. 3 Lynn outmaneuvered No. 6 Abilene Christian en route to a 5-1 victory at the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships, Thursday afternoon from Sanlando Park.
Lynn advances to the semifinals where they will take on No. 12 Clayton State with the winner advancing to the national championship. The match is scheduled for Friday, May 13 with first serve coming at 1 p.m.
After taking two of the three doubles matches, Lynn held off a persistent Wildcats’ bunch to claim a hard-fought 5-1 win.
Lynn, posting a pair of wins at doubles wins, faced an early deficit as the Wildcats tandem of Cassie Carver and Hannah Kelly upset the 11th-ranked pair of Magdalena Ekert and Isabell Raich, 8-2 from the No. 2 slot. The Fighting Knights rebounded nicely, however, as the 4th-ranked squad of Eleonora Iannozzi and Ioana Ivan posted an 8-4 win from the top flight position. The 1-1 tie was snapped at No. 3 doubles when Lynn’s Jessica Yanoff and Andrea Berkova registered a narrow 8-6 victory over Micah Hermsdorf and Lauren White.
The Lynn advantage grew to 3-1 when Raich took down Carver in consecutive sets 6-2, 6-2. With other singles contests seeing Abilene creeping back into the match, Lynn took advantage of leads at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles to secure the match.
Ivan posted a straight sets victory over Hermsdorf, 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 4 position while ninth-ranked Iannozzi pulled out a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 at No.2 to advance the Fighting Knights into the semifinals.
The loss eliminates Abilene Christian from the NCAA Tournament.