Salem College Spirits Home

Tennis comes from behind to beat Sweet Briar

March 09, 2014

Winston-Salem, NC-The Salem College tennis team came from behind to shock Sweet Briar 5-4 for their first victory under new Head Coach Kevin Fleck. The Spirits were down 2-1 after doubles, but won the singles matches 4-2. Ashley Koehler (Huntersville, NC) had an epic battle, which she pulled off at number two singles. Salem improves to 1-2 with the win.

"I am extremely proud of the way our team rebounded today after a tough close loss last weekend.  Every player had a win that contributed to our victory," said Fleck.

Fleck said, "It truly was a team effort. Andrea Akers and Ayla Pruitt at #2 doubles showed a huge improvement from last week and kept the team score close going into singles. Sam Story and Sabrina Sheikh at #5 and #6 singles showed their resilience and determination from tough 3 set losses last week by winning easily today. "Angela Reavis proved her experience and ability to apply pressure to her opponent at #3 singles. "Ashley showed great poise and maturity in closing out her #2 singles match to clinch the team victory. Ona James and Leia Pruitt played great in the exhibition doubles match and continue to show our depth and strength as a team. I am glad that we are able to enjoy the fruits of our labor and we are excited to continue to improve and build on our momentum!"

Salem 5 - Sweet Briar 4

#1 - Salem Ashley Koehler and Angela Reavis 2 - Sweet Briar Caitlin Delmas and Glory Bowman 8
#2 - Salem Andrea Akers and Ayla Pruitt 8 - Sweet Briar Ashley Fletcher and Gina Rutledge 0
#3 - Salem Sabrina Sheikh and Samantha Story 1 - Sweet Briar Allie Raifsnider and Georgia Kirkland 8
*Exhibition* - Salem Ona James and Leia Pruitt 8 - Sweet Briar Megan Johnston and Margaret Raymond 1
#1 - Salem Andrea Akers loses 0-6, 3-6 vs Sweet Briar Caitlin Delmas
#2 - Salem Ashley Koehler wins 6-4, 7-6(3) vs Sweet Briar Glory Bowman
#3 - Salem Angela Reavis wins 7-5, 6-0 vs Sweet Briar Gina Rutledge
#4 - Salem Ayla Pruitt loses 3-6, 2-6 vs Sweet Briar Allie Raifsnider
#5 - Salem Samantha Story wins 6-1, 6-1 vs Sweet Briar Ashley Fletcher
#6 - Salem Sabrina Sheikh wins 6-3, 6-1 vs Sweet Briar Georgia Kirkland
Salem College NCAA GSAC