FHSU Tennis cruises 8-1 over Lincoln for first conference win

Fort Hays State tennis picked up its first conference win of the season with a convincing 8-1 win over Lincoln University on Saturday at the FHSU Tennis Courts in Hays. The Tigers took both contested doubles matches and then four of the five contested singles matches.

Lincoln had to forfeit two of the matches with not enough players to fill the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles spots in the lineup.

The No. 1 doubles team of Camille Caron-Bedard and Reinette Strydom and the No. 2 doubles team of Brittney Ricci and Katie Hipp each won their matches by scores of 8-1. The No. 3 team of Michelle Miller and Jessica Johnson picked up the forfeit win, putting the Tigers up 3-0 heading into singles play.

FHSU took all but the No. 1 singles match to nearly blank the Blue Tigers. FHSU won at the No. 2 through No. 5 positions convincingly in straight sets. At No. 2, Ricci blanked Abigail Gober 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3, Miller won 6-0, 6-2 over Ashley Roling. At No. 4, Hipp blanked Yvonne Geldner 6-0, 6-0. At No. 5, Johnson defeated Christana Moore 6-0, 6-1. Raven Dick received the forfeit win for FHSU at No. 6.

Caron-Bedard was the only Tiger to fall in singles, but took her opponent Maeva Lesfargue the distance. After falling in the first set 7-5, Caron-Bedard bounced back to win the second in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-2). The third set was a battle as well, but Lesfargue prevailed 11-9.

The Tigers, now 8-7 overall and 1-5 in the MIAA, return to action for another conference match on Wednesday, April 1 against Emporia State in Hays at 2 p.m.

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