Women’s Tennis Defeats Lipscomb 4-2 in A-Sun Opener

Women’s Tennis Defeats Lipscomb 4-2 in A-Sun Opener

MACON, Ga. – The Mercer women's tennis team picked up its second victory in as many days Friday afternoon, knocking off Lipscomb 4-2 to open Atlantic Sun Conference action from the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center.


The Bears have won consecutive games for the second time this season, and defeat the Bisons for the first time since the 2010 season when Mercer blanked Lipscomb 7-0.


Mercer Captured the opening point of the day when Danielle Jones and Lucie Payrat earned an 8-7 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Haley Powell and Natalie Franklin came out on top of an 8-2 decision at the No. 3 spot to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead.


Mercer picked up easy victories from Payrat at No. 2 singles and Liza Klyachkin at the No. 6 spot, but it was Franklin who provided the clinching point for the second-straight day, knocking off Lorena Djuknic 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5) to hand the Bears a 4-2 victory. Bartz was locked in a three-set affair of her own when the match concluded.


The Bears will cap a stretch of three matches in as many days Saturday morning when they welcome Northern Kentucky to town. First serve against the Norse is set for 10 a.m.


Mercer 4, Lipscomb 2
Mar 14, 2014 at Macon, Ga. (LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Deahna Welcher (LIPW) def. Danielle Jones (MER) 5-0, retired
2. Lucie Payrat (MER) def. Melissa Kromer (LIPW) 6-0, 6-4
3. Roxy Bartz (MER) vs. Laura Kent (LIPW) 5-7, 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
4. Jenny Borck (LIPW) def. Haley Powell (MER) 6-3, 6-4
5. Natalie Franklin (MER) def. Lorena Djuknic (LIPW) 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Liza Klyachkin (MER) def. Sierra Troxel (LIPW) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Danielle Jones/Lucie Payrat (MER) def. Deahna Welcher/Jenny Borck (LIPW) 8-7
2. Melissa Kromer/Laura Kent (LIPW) def. Liza Klyachkin/Roxy Bartz (MER) 8-1
3. Haley Powell/Natalie Franklin (MER) def. Sierra Troxel/Lorena Djuknic (LIPW) 8-2
Match Notes
Lipscomb 6-5
Mercer 7-9