LYNCHBURG, VA – Randolph College fell behind 2-1 after doubles action, but rallied to earn four victories in singles action in earning a spring season opening 5-4 victory over Virginia Union University in women's tennis play from the Randolph Tennis Courts Wednesday afternoon.
In doubles, Randolph picked up just one win as sophomore captain Danielle Lewis (Kingston, Jamaica/Immaculate Conception) and Emmalyn Snead (Fredericksburg, VA/James Monroe) teamed at No. 3 pairs to earn a 8-4 victory for the WildCats.
Singles action was where the 'Cats made their move, as No. 1 singles player Patricia Verdezoto (Cuenza, Azuay, Ecuador/Bilingue Interamericano) chalked up a straight set 6-1, 6-3 victory for Randolph. Fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Kolster (Powhatan, VA/Powhatan) helped the Randolph cause as well, earning an 8-4 pro-set victory at No. 3 singles.
Snead earned her second victory of the day at No. 4 singles, as the first-year knocked off Virginia Union's April George 8-5 for the win. In what was the most exciting match of the afternoon, Lewis earned a marathon victory at No. 5 singles. Lewis earned a 6-4 win in the first set, only to drop the second set 7-5. In the match tiebreak, Lewis outlasted DeJamine Byrson 11-9 to earn the win.
For Verdezoto, it was her first win of the 2012-13 season, as she missed the fall portion of the season with an injury. Verdezoto is now 13-3 in her career at Randolph. Kolster pulled her season record to 2-2, including an unblemished 2-0 in dual matches.
Randolph's next time out on the courts will come Friday afternoon against the Knights of Southern Virginia University with the match set to start at 3 p.m. on the campus of Randolph.