WOMEN'S TENNIS TAKES CARE OF SHREVEPORT, FALLS TO RAMS IN SEMIS

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HELOTES, Texas -- Juniors Caitlin King and Grace Cusick led the John Brown University women's tennis team to a 5-1 win over LSU-Shreveport in the quarterfinals before the Golden Eagles suffered a shutout defeat in against Texas Wesleyan in the semifinals of the 2017 RRAC/SAC Unaffiliated Group Regional Tournament on Friday (April 28) at the Northside Tennis Center.

Both Cusick and King went a perfect 2-0 in the quarterfinals, a 5-1 over the sixth-seeded pilots. The tandem teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles and the duo each registered singles victories at the fifth and sixth slots, recpectively. Cusick extinguished Christian Elisarov in straight sets while King took out Anne Puckett by a 6-1, 6-2 final.

Needing a final point to advance to the semifinals, the third-seeded Golden Eagles landed a top-slot win by senior Taylor Russell, who ended the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Harmony Trax, sending JBU into the semifinals against second-seeded Texas Wesleyan.

Junior Clare Holden and freshman Julia McNeill also banded together at No. 3 doubles to pick up John Brown's fifth point of the match.

All three Golden Eagle tandems registered three points in doubles play against the Rams, but couldn't muster any more as TWU carried a 3-0 lead into singles play.

Wesleyan advanced to the title game against top-seeded LSU-Alexandria by ousting Russell and junior Eva Berry in singles action.

JBU will return to action on Saturday (April 29) to face Southwest (N.M.) in the consolation match at 9:00 a.m.

John Brown 5, LSU-Shreveport 1
March 28, 2017 at Helotes, Texas (Northside Tennis Center)


Singles competition
1. Taylor Russell (JBU) def. Harmony Trax (LSUS) 6-1, 6-0
2. Eva Berry (JBU) led Lilly Humphreys (LSU) 6-4, 0-1 (UNF)
3. Hannah Alimajstorovic (LSUS) led Julia McNeill (JBU) 6-3, 2-1 (UNF)
4. Khelsea Zeismer (LSUS) led Clare Holden (JBU) 6-0, 4-2 (UNF)
5. Grace Cusick (JBU) def. Christina Elisarov (LSUS) 6-0, 6-0
6. Caitlin King (JBU) def. Anne Puckett (LSUS) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Lilly Humphreys/Hannah Alimajstorovic (LSUS) def. Taylor Russell/Eva Berry (JBU) 8-4
2. Caitlin King/Grace Cusick (JBU) def. Harmony Trax/Khelsea Zeismer (LSUS) 8-4
3. Clare Holden/Julia McNeill (JBU) def. Anne Puckett/Christina Elisarov (LSUS) 8-3

Texas Wesleyan 5, John Brown 0
March 29, 2017 at Helotes, Texas (Northside Tennis Center)


Singles competition
1. Loli Garcia (TWU) def. Taylor Russell (JBU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Katy Foster (TWU) def. Eva Berry (JBU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Julia McNeill (JBU) vs. Emily Rodriguez (TWU)
4. Clare Holden (JBU) vs. Ashton Willis (TWU)
5. Grace Cusick (JBU) vs. Maggie Brasher (TWU)
6. Caitlin King (JBU) vs. Laura Grunden (TWU)

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

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