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TEXARKANA, Texas -- The John Brown University women's tennis team picked up four wins in singles action to grab a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Texas A&M - Texarkana, before dropping an 8-1 decision to Texas Wesleyan to cap off a 1-1 weekend.

The Golden Eagles will complete the 2016-17 regular season at the JBU Tennis Courts against Arkansas-Ft. Smith on Monday (April 10) at 3 p.m.

Despite freshman Julia McNeill and junior Clare Holden earning a narrow 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles, JBU faced a 2-1 hole entering singles play.

Junior Eva Berry kicked off the comeback with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 before JBU captured the bottom three slots to complete the upset. Holden and junior Grace Cusick nabbed wins at No. 4 and 5 and junior Caitlin King ran away with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 to seal the victory.

In the second match of the weekend, John Brown fell quickly to Texas Wesleyan. McNeill and Holden completed a perfect 2-0 weekend at No. 3 doubles with an 8-3 win over Maggie Brasher and Ashton Willis.

John Brown 5, Texas A&M-Texarkana 4
March 31, 2017 at Texarkana, Ark. (Texarkana High School)


Singles competition
1. Daejia Lynch (TAMUT) def. Taylor Russell (JBU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Eva Berry (JBU) def. Natalie Keylon (TAMUT) 6-0, 6-3
3. Lisa Nguyen (TAMUT) def. Julia McNeill (JBU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Clare Holden (JBU) def. Kayl Douglas (TAMUT) 6-1, 6-3
5. Grace Cusick (JBU) def. Amber Bragg (TAMUT) 6-4, 6-4
6. Caitlin King (JBU) def. Anji Foster (TAMUT) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Daejia Lynch/Kayl Douglas (TAMUT) def. Taylor Russell/Eva Berry (JBU) 8-3
2. Natalie Keylon/Lisa Nguyen (TAMUT) def. Grace Cusick/Caitlin King (JBU) 8-5
3. Julia McNeill/Clare Holden (JBU) def. Amber Bragg/Nayla Lynn Girard (TAMUT) 9-7

Texas Wesleyan 8, John Brown 1
April 1, 2017 at Texarkana, Ark. (Texas High School)


Singles competition
1. Loli Garcia (TWU) def. Taylor Russell (JBU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Katy Foster (TWU) def. Eva Berry (JBU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ema Segetlija (TWU) def. Julia McNeill (JBU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Ashton Willis (TWU) def. Clare Holden (JBU) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
5. Maggie Brasher (TWU) def. Grace Cusick (JBU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Heather Birge (TWU) def. Caitlin King (JBU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)

Doubles competition
1. Loli Garcia/Katy Foster (TWU) def. Taylor Russell/Eva Berry (JBU) 8-1
2. Ema Segetlija/Emily Rodriguez (TWU) def. Grace Cusick/Caitlin King (JBU) 8-3
3. Julia McNeill/Clare Holden (JBU) def. Maggie Brasher/Ashton Willis (TWU) 8-3

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