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Women's tennis falls to ODU

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Winthrop women's tennis team traveled to Old Dominion on Saturday and fell to the Monarchs 6-1 at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center.

The Lady Eagles' record dropped to 7-10 with the loss, while Old Dominion improved to 8-5 with the victory.

Old Dominion clinched the doubles point against Winthrop by winning all three matches and taking an early 1-0 lead. The Lady Eagles played close in two of the matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Yelena Fadina and Sara Abutovic, playing No. 2 doubles, fell to Daniela Cohen and Joanna Dobrowolska 8-5. In the No. 3 doubles match, Lisa Wilkinson and Larisa Bekmetova were defeated by the duo of Barbara Costa and Jana Kubicikova 8-5.

Bekmetova, playing No. 5 singles, won the lone singles match for the Lady Eagles as she held on to defeat Cohen 5-7, 6-2, 1-0(8).

Wilkinson played a close match against Costa in the No. 4 singles match, but fell 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.

The match against Virginia Commonwealth scheduled for Sunday was canceled due to inclement weather in the area. The match will not be rescheduled.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday as they make the trip up I-77 to take on Charlotte at 2 p.m.

• MEN'S GOLF -- In Greenville, the Winthrop men's golf team struggled to a 22nd place finish in the 54-hole Furman Intercollegiate.

The Eagles shot a three-day total of 932 (313-309-310) and tied with Marshall to finish 58 shots behind tourney champion Tennessee Chattanooga, which nipped Clemson by three shots.

Pete Alminas was the only Winthrop player to have an even par round in the 54-hole event as he shot a 72 on Saturday. For the tournament, Alminas opened with a 76 on Friday and closed out with a 78 on Sunday to finish 46th in the 131-player field. UTC's Jonathan Hodge won medalist honors as he finished with a 3-under par 213 to lead his team to the title. Hodge was the only player to break par.

Kelly Manders tied for 96th with a 235 (82-76-77); Cipriano Ayala tied for 112th at 238 (76-86-76); Brent Martin tied for 115th (75-85-79); and Michael Goldberg, finished 124th with a 243 (83-80-80).

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