ROCK HILL, S.C. – Top-seeded Wingate claimed the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Championship with a 5-3 victory past third-seeded Anderson, Saturday afternoon at the Rock Hill Tennis Center.
Anderson slipped to 13-6 on the season, while Wingate improved to 19-5 and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs claimed a 2-1 edge following doubles' action, as Wingate's Tiffany Williams and Helen Goreski blanked AU's Lauren Trumbull and Alexandria Ebner, 8-0, at the No. 3 doubles' slot while the Trojan tandem of Camie Bealieu-Brunet and Lindsay Gregory evened the score at 1-1 with an identical 8-2 score at the No. 2 slot.
Ali Evers and Becca Thomas gave the Bulldogs the advantage heading into singles play.
Wingate's Morgan Winston gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles, while Tiffany Williams boosted Wingate's advantage to 4-1 with a 6-3, 7-5 victory at the No. 4 flight.
Following the match, Williams was named the championship's Most Valuable Player.
Anderson nearly rallied from the deficit, as Lauren Trumbull too a straight-set, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 six singles and AU's Avery Owens claimed a 7-6, 6-2 win at the No. 1 slot. But Wingate's Kelli Ferguson clinched the team victory with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 win at No. 5.