DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Lehigh women’s tennis team closed out its spring break trip to Florida with a 5-2 loss to Bethune-Cookman Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Abby Farrell was a winner in both singles and doubles but the Wildcats won two of three doubles matches plus four singles matches to earn the win, dropping the Mountain Hawks to 2-9 on the season.
Farrell teamed with junior Jenai Bilimoria to win 8-1 over Ancia Ifill and Maria Dimitrova at the first doubles flight but the Wildcats posted wins at the second and third doubles flights to clinch the first point of the match.
In singles play Farrell posted a 6-4, 6-0 win over Ifill to get Lehigh on the scoreboard. Bethune-Cookman posted convincing wins at the bottom three singles flights and also picked up a win at No. 1 singles where Shereen Peterson-Paul won 7-6, 6-2 over Bilimoria. Lehigh’s second point came from sophomore Emily Bruch, who won a third set ten point tiebreak 10-8 to defeat Valentina Beresiarte at No. 3 singles.
The Mountain Hawks will now return home to face Saint Joseph’s, Tuesday March 19 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Lewis Tennis Center.
Bethune-Cookman 5, Lehigh 2
1. Bilimoria/Farrell (LU) def. Ifill/Dimitrova (BCU) 8-1
2. Chinchilla/Kajiwara (BCU) def. Hampshire/Kaminetsky (LU) 8-0
3. Peterson-Paul/Beresiarte (BCU) def. Bruch/Sloand (LU) 8-4
1. Shereen Peterson-Paul (BCU) def. Jenai Bilimoria (LU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
2. Abby Farrell (LU) def. Ancia Ifill (BCU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Emily Bruch (LU) def. Valentina Beresiarte (BCU) 7-6, 6-7, 10-8
4. Gaby Chinchilla (BCU) def. Molly Brooks (LU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Maria Dimitrova (BCU) def. Jill Sloand (LU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Victoria Galyaeva (BCU) def. Marian Prim (LU) 6-3, 6-1