Women's tennis advances to first-ever ODAC semifinal

Reagan Coon hits a forehand.

Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College women's tennis team advanced to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament semifinals for the first time in program history with a 5-2 win over sixth-seeded Roanoke Tuesday at the LC Tennis Courts and tied the program record for wins in a season in the process.

The victory was the first for No. 3-seeded Lynchburg (13-6) in the conference tournament since 2008 and just the second in program history.

"Today was a really special match in so many ways," Hornets head coach Chris Johnson said afterward. "Our team was willing to go longer and fight harder, willing to put the team first. What a great day for Lynchburg women's tennis!"

Lynchburg found itself down early, dropping two of the three doubles matchups; sophomores Christina Harris (Falls Church, Va.) and Halle Lavieri (Killingworth, Conn.) earned the Hornets' lone point at No. 1, winning 8-1.

The Hornets turned the tide quickly, however, with the start of singles play. Harris earned a quick, 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1, quickly followed by a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 3 by junior Sarah Wyly (Leesburg, Va.) and Lavieri's 6-1, 6-0 triumph at No. 2.

Junior Reagan Coon (Churchville, Va.) put an end to the match, winning 6-3. 6-3 at No. 6 singles.

Lynchburg advances to the conference semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. in Virginia Beach, Va., at Virginia Wesleyan. The host Marlins upset second-seeded Randolph-Macon, 5-1, in their own quarterfinal match.

No. 5-seed Randolph and top-seeded Washington and Lee will meet in the other semifinal match.