CLINTON — The Newberry women’s tennis team earned an upset victory over Division I Presbyterian at the Templeton Tennis Courts on Wednesday, knocking off their longtime rivals by a score of 4-3.
Playing with Division I scoring rules, Newberry (12-6) took the doubles point from Presbyterian (8-13-1), despite a loss at No. 2 doubles.
The Wolves’ No. 3 pair of sophomore Tara Lamers and freshman Kelly McManus took an 8-2 decision from Lucia Leahy and Antonia Conze.
The key victory in doubles play came at No. 1 as the Wolves senior pairing of Susana Aguirre and Romina Adum were forced to a tiebreaker against Patricia Alves and Kayla Stanford.
The Blue Hose’s number one duo kept themselves in the tiebreak set, but Newberry’s Ecuadorian’s earned a victory and the doubles point for the Wolves.
Singles play saw Newberry losses at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4, with Adum’s loss at No. 2 coming in three sets.
Sophomore Vanessa Ortiz delivered a point in singles play in three sets. Ortiz fell behind a set to Caroline deLoach, but bounced back with a pair of victories in the second and third sets.
At No. 5 singles, senior Marina Ziehe took set one from Stanford. The Blue Hose’s No. 5 picked up a set two victory, before Ziehe won in the third and decisive set.
In the end, it came down to No. 6 singles and the lone freshman in the Wolves’ lineup. McManus took a tight 7-6 set one victory, before dropping a similarly close 7-5 decision in the second set to Conze. The tiebreaker set turned the Wolves way as McManus pushed ahead with a 6-2 third set victory.
Newberry returns to conference play on Friday in Charlotte against Queens, with a scheduled first serve of 1 p.m. against the Royals.