GREER, SC -- The new-look Lady Railsplitters rolled the North Greenville Crusaders, 7-2, in the opener of the spring portion of the 2013-14 women's tennis schedule on Tuesday in Greer, South Carolina. Lincoln Memorial University moves to 1-1 on the season with Tuesday's victory, while NGU plummets to 0-6 with the loss.
The Lady Railsplitters eased through doubles play, winning all three to carry a 3-0 advantage into the singles competition. LMU's top tandem of Elena Vasilyeva (Yaroslavl, Russia) and Gemma Goodland (Seabrook, Victoria, Australia) cruised past Susane Lenz and Maggie Elliott, 8-2. And, the remainder of the Lady Railsplitters' forces followed suit.
Priscilla Bulandres (Markham, Ontario, Canada) and Roksolana Prudyvus (Lviv, Ukraine) captured an 8-6 decision at the second flight, while Alexandra Granger (Repentigny, Quebec) and Aura Penalosa (Bogota, Columbia) rolled to an 8-5 triumph at No.3 doubles.
Vasilyeva, Goodland, Granger and Penalosa all finished off perfect outings with wins in singles play. Vasilyeva only dropped two games while dispatching of Lenz at the top singles flight. Goodland was nearly as effective, needing only 17 games to defeat Elliott at the second singles flight. Granger and Penalosa each needed three sets to win at the five and six flights. Granger topped Christina Kiessling, while Penalosa edged Haley Hardwick.
The Crusaders' only two points were earned at No.3 and No.4 singles. Aline Ribeiro came out on top of a three-set decision against Bulandres, while Rebecca Beacham topped Prudyvus in three hard-fought sets.
The Lady Railsplitters return to action on February 23, welcoming the University of the Cumberlands to the LMU Tennis Complex for the home opener. Doubles play is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Harrogate, Tennessee.