SPARTANBURG, S.C.- Converse Tennis picked up its first win of the season against Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae at home on Sunday afternoon defeating the Bobcats 5-4.
Klaire Rouse (Gilbert, Ariz.) secured the match for the Valkyries defeating LMC's Rachel Grether 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 6 position. Teammate Kaitlin Knight (Sumter, S.C.) finished off LMC's Green 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 slot. Samantha Sheffield (Birmingham, Ala.) and Taylor Littlejohn-Barr (York, S.C.) battled tough in the No. 4 and No. 5 tilts before falling in three sets after winning the first set. Rouse and Knight's singles victories gave the Valkyries a 5-0 advantage and ultimately taking the match 5-4.
Alex Schlesener (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Samantha Sheffield gave the Valkyries the early advantage taking their doubles match 8-4. Taylor Littlejohn-Barr and Mary Kaitlyn Flynn (Duncan, S.C.) secured their match winning 8-3. Kaitlin Knight and Margaret Pridmore (Wodonga, Australia) allowed the Valkyries to sweep the doubles session winning their match 9-7 and take a 3-0 advantage into the singles session.
Converse returns to the court Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, hosting Conference Carolinas foes Barton (Friday, 3:30 pm) and Mount Olive (Saturday, 11:00 am).
Converse 5, Lees-McRae 4
1. Knight/Pridmore (Converse) def. Samantha Worhlers/Hillary Lutz 9-7
2. Schlesener/Sheffield (Converse) def. Caroline Green/Amanda Chapman 8-4
3. Littlejohn-Barr/Flynn (Converse) def. Taylor Bost/Rachel Grether 8-3
1. Wohlers def. Alex Schlesener (Converse) 6-4, 6-2
2. Kaitlin Knight (Converse) def. Green 6-1, 6-1
3. Lutz def. Margaret Pridmore (Converse) 6-2, 6-4
4. Bost def. Samantha Sheffield (Converse) 1-6, 6-2, 10-6
5. Chapman def. Taylor Littlejohn-Barr (Converse) 5-7, 6-3, 10-6
6. Klaire Rouse (Converse) def. Grether 6-1, 6-2