Ladies outlast Ozarks; Gents fall on the road
Sunday, March 11, 2012

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. – The Centenary women’s tennis team didn’t let two postponed matches distract it from garnering its first win of the season.

The Ladies clutched a 5-4 win over the University of the Ozarks Saturday afternoon, improving to 1-2 on the season after having Thursday and Friday’s matches (Mississippi College and UT-Tyler) rescheduled due to rain. The Gents (0-2), however, were unable to notch their first win, falling 6-3.

Centenary grabbed the doubles point after Isadora Bickham/Lauren Beurlot and West/Cornwall recorded 8-3 wins. Entering singles play with a 1-0 lead and playing as the top seed, Bickham downed Whitney Lewis 6-4, 6-2 to give the Ladies a 2-0 edge.

The Lady Eagles used a 6-0, 6-2 win over Beurlot to draw within 2-1, but No. 3 Olivia West (6-2, 6-1) and No. 4 Katie Cornwell (6-4, 6-0) won their matches ensure Centenary’s first win. Holly Clark lost her match in the fifth spot, 6-2, 6-1 and Catlin Orschel dropped her contest 6-3, 6-3, playing as the six seed.

Garrett Whipple and Michael Reeks accounted for all three of the Gents points, but Centenary is still searching for its first win of the year after dropping its only contest at UT-Arlington to open the year Feb.10.

Whipple and Reeks won its doubles contest 8-2 before competing in singles play. Whipple dominated Corey Dillard, 6-2, 6-3 as Reeks topped Michael Skimbo, 6-4, 6-0.

Both tennis squads will return to action March 15 to host Louisiana College.