BREVARD, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey women's team posted a 9-0 victory over the Tornados, grabbing an early lead in the match with doubles wins by the combination of Darian DeFrench / Erica Dorn, Blair Boatright / Alex Weber and Erika Noblett / Emily Heim. The tandem of Boatright and Weber received stiff competition from Brevard's Margaret Correll and Mekenzie Bowman, but emerged with the 8-3 victory.
DeFrench broke through in her clash with Kelsey Kushner in the clash of No. 1 singles, posting a 7-5, 6-3 win. Both Riley Ellingson and Morgan Nguyen came through with straight set wins for the Crusaders, downing Jen Cox and Correll as the No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Bowman took one set from Dorn in the battle of four seeds, but Dorn grabbed a 6-0, 6-1 win. Boatright and Heim closed out the match with straight set wins over Carmen Boone and Hannah Spear, respectively.
The team of Tom Mittring and Tim Hengst posted a victory for the Brevard men's tennis team, downing the combination of Zachary Blythe and Henrique Leal, but it was the Crusaders that came away with the 8-1 win in the match.
While Mittring and Hengst got the better of Blythe and Leal, Belmont Abbey retaliated with an 8-0 win by Andres and Daniel Astudillo. Mike Nguyen and Liam Curtin edged out Florian Peyssonneaux and Jaume Reig by an 8-6 final.
The Crusaders wrapped up singles play with six wins, including a 6-3, 6-2 victory from Blythe over Mittring in the battle of No. 1 seeds. Andres Astudillo grabbed a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hengst in No. 2 play.
Will Christiansen took the opening game of the No. 3 battle, but Chip Moore battled back to post a 5-7, 6-4 and 10-3 win in three sets. Belmont Abbey took all six points in singles action with wins from Thomas Rowzie (6-0, 6-0) and Adam Nesnow (6-2, 6-2) as they downed David Bumgarner and Peyssonneaux, respectively.
The Tornados now turn their attention to Pfeiffer, who travels to Brevard for a match on Feb. 16.