ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Belmont women's tennis team dropped a close 4-3 battle with the Northern Kentucky Norse Wednesday morning at Sanlando Park.
The Bruins (5-5) made quick work of the Norse (6-3) to begin the doubles competition. The duo of sophomore Peyton Lee and junior Erin Allen tabbed a 6-1 victory in the top spot, while the tandem of sophomore Lauren Carelli and Drew Hawkins clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win in the No. 3 position.
Northern Kentucky opened singles play with back-to-back match wins, but junior Terra Sheldon fended the Norse off with a three-set victory over Katja Dijanezevic to even the score. After dropping a match in the No. 2 spot, junior Maria Plaksina logged a 6-2, 7-6(4) win in the sixth position to knot the contest back up for the Bruins.
Elizabeth Rozin of Northern Kentucky edged out Allen in the No. 3 spot, 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 (12) to clinch the victory for the Norse.
UP NEXT: Belmont stays on the road Saturday to kick off Ohio Valley Conference play at Murray State. First serve is set for noon in Murray, Ky.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY 4, BELMONT 3
1. Margita Sunjic (NKU) def. Somer Henry (BEL) 6-2, 6-2
2. Maria Koo (NKU) def. Peyton Lee (BEL) 6-2, 6-4
3. Elizabeth Rozin (NKU) def. Erin Allen (BEL) 6-7, 6-1, 1-0(12)
4. Ananya Kothakota (NKU) def. Drew Hawkins (BEL) 6-2, 6-4
5. Terra Sheldon (BEL) def. Katja Dijanezevic (NKU) 3-6, 6-0, 1-0(8)
6. Maria Plaksina (BEL) def. Hannah Watton (NKU) 6-2, 7-6(4)
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 5, 2, 6, 3
1. Erin Allen/Peyton Lee (BEL) def. Maria Koo/Elizabeth Rozin (NKU) 6-1
2. Margita Sunjic/Ananya Kothakota (NKU) vs. Terra Sheldon/Somer Henry (BEL) 5-4, unfinished
3. Lauren Carelli/Drew Hawkins def. Autumn Clark/Katja Dijanezevic (NKU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,3