Lady Senators will send 9 to MEC meet
D&E netters fall to West Liberty, 4-3
BRIDGEPORT — Nine members of the Davis & Elkins College acrobatics & tumbling team have qualified for Saturday’s first MEC Championship in the sport.
The Inversion Pyramid (Pyramid 1), Open Pyramid (Pyramid 3), Open Toss (Toss 3) and Open Tumbling Pass events were selected for having the top 3 or top 4 scores out of the competing teams in the conference.
This year, the MEC had six sponsored programs, including two that are currently ranked in the Top 10 in the country by the NCATA –No. 5 Fairmont State and No. 9 Glenville State.
Cheyenna Jones, Caitlynn Guzman, Rebecca Smith, Lauren Whittier, Abbey Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Destiny Owens, Deanna Blood and Kassidy Montondo will represent D&E at the meet, which will have individual events starting at 11 a.m. Finals will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Joe Retton Arena at Fairmont State University.
West Liberty 4, D&E 3
ELKINS — West Liberty won two matches at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to narrowly edge Davis & Elkins, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas Tennis Center.
The Senators came out hot in doubles play, with the No. 1 doubles team of Andrew Shand and Alvaro Legoinha winning 6-2.
West Liberty held off Cody Turner and Mason Schoonover at No. 3 doubles 6-2, but the No. 2 doubles team of Alejandro Meseguer and Obert Matthew Mulyadi took control of their match to win 6-2.
The Hilltoppers quickly knotted the match with a straight set win at No. 3 singles, but Meseguer was dominant at the second spot, winning 6-2, 6-1 to give D&E a 2-1 lead.
Legoinha fought hard in the second set of his match, but came up just short at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match at two.
Mulyadi dropped the first set at No. 1 singles 6-2, but blanked his opponent 6-0 in the second set to force a deciding third set.
Mulyadi was able to get the break at 3-2 and hold off his opponent for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 win to give the Senators a 3-2 edge.
Bowman was competitive all the way through his match at No. 5 singles, but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 6-3, 6-3 loss.
The Hilltoppers then took a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles to take the match.
The Senators will travel to Kentucky Wesleyan at 5 p.m. Saturday for a GMAC contest.