Virginia Beach, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's women's tennis team reached the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament championship match for the first time in program history Saturday with a 5-2 win over Randolph-Macon in the conference semifinals at Virginia Wesleyan University's Everett Tennis Center.
The milestone came just a year after Lynchburg reached the tournament semifinals for the first time in program history and improved the Hornets' dual-match record to a best-ever 18-2 in 2019.
"With the huge hearts these ladies bring to the court," Hornets director of tennis Chris Johnson said, "I am not surprised by the result today. I am very proud to battle with them each match!"
Lynchburg took two of the three doubles matches to open play Saturday, both of them in tiebreaking fashion.
The No. 2 duo of seniors Sarah Wyly (Leesburg, Va.) and Lilli Altenburg (Lexington, Va.) was victorious, 8-7 (9-7), and senior Reagan Coon (Churchville, Va.) and freshman Alissa Anderson (Norfolk, Va.) took the No. 3 flight, 8-7 (7-0).
Sophomore Ellen Druebbisch (Jamestown, N.C.) picked up Lynchburg's first singles point at the fifth flight, winning 6-0, 6-1, followed quickly by junior Christina Harris (Falls Church, Va.) at No. 1, 6-3, 6-4. Harris, the 32nd-ranked player in Division III and 16th-ranked in the Atlantic South Region, improved to 15-1 in dual-match play this season and picked up her program-record 64th-career singles victory.
Coon polished off the win at No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph to preserve her unblemished singles record in 2019. She improved to 15-0 this season.
Lynchburg will move on to face top-seeded and No. 23-ranked Washington and Lee University in Sunday's noon title match. The Generals have captured the league's last 16 championships.
With rain in the forecast, the ODAC has moved the match to Old Dominion University's Folkes Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va. Directions to the facility can be found here.