Waterville, ME - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's tennis team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets defeated Thomas College 7-2 in a North Atlantic Conference match played at the Colby College Tennis Courts. Lyndon improves to 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in NAC play. Thomas drops to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in conference.
Lyndon got off to a strong start in the match, taking two of three doubles flights. The 1st Doubles team of Savannah Jackson (Barre, VT) and Faibe Achinda (Hinesburg, VT) ste the tone for the match with a, 8-2 win over the Thomas team of Samantha Mercier and Cassidy Hamm. The Hornet 2nd Doubles team of Erica Hayakawa (Fukuoka, Japan) and Roze Yar (Winooski, VT) followed suit with an 8-4 win over the Terriers' Breanna Whitmarsh and Amber Paine.
Lyndon got much the best of singles play as well. Jackson capped her outstanding play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Hamm in 1st Singles. Achinda downed Mercier 6-2, 6-4 in the second flight.
Yar, Oo Mai Be (Winooski, VT), and Susmita Mangar (Winooski, VT) also won their flights. Yar was a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) winner over Makayla Guerette in 4th Singles, Be downed Paine 7-6, 6-1 in 5th Singles, and Mangar beat Abigail Stevens 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in 6th Singles. The matches were the first career singles wins for all three players.
Lyndon head coach Laura Laramee was very pleased with her team' play. "The ladies play a very hard fought match with heat ridden issues from all players but
Savannah pounded grounstrokes at her opponent til she couldn't take it any more. Faibe despite getting over heated again prevailed and won in straight sets. Erica lost but bringing her opponent to a tiebreaker in first set. Roze won a close match. Oo mai Be clinched the 5th match to secure the win. Susumita won in a hard fought three sets."
The Hornets continue their Maine trip on Sunday when they play at Husson University at 10:00 am.