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21st-ranked Pioneers beat Palm Beach Atlantic 8-1 to close spring break trip

21st-ranked Pioneers beat Palm Beach Atlantic 8-1 to close spring break trip

HILTON HEAD, S.C. --- The Tusculum women's tennis team closed out its spring break trip with an 8-1 win over Palm Beach Atlantic Friday morning.

The 21st-ranked Pioneers (9-0) won all six singles matches and took two out of three in doubles from the Sailfish (6-6), who are ranked 10th in the ITA South Region.

In singles, 12th-ranked Katarina Majorova defeated Yuliia Russu 6-1, 6-2 at flight one, 47th-ranked Franziska Funke beat Bella Mermersky 6-1, 6-1 at flight two and 27th-ranked Annie McCullough won 6-3, 7-6 over Vanessa Buchbinder at flight three.

At flight four, Caitlin McCullough beat Taylor Conti 6-1, 6-4, Africa Mota was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Johanna Kern at flight five, and Angelica De Vicenzis downed Romina Bolagay 10-4 in a tiebreaker after rallying to split the first two sets 3-6, 7-6.

In doubles, Russu and Conti upset the 20th-ranked McCullough sisters 8-6 at flight one, but Majorova and Funke defeated Kern and Bolagay 8-3 at flight two. At flight three, Mota and Amber Lackey earned an 8-6 victory over Michaela Mignemi and Nicole Reich.

The Pioneers will open their South Atlantic Conference schedule on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Coker.

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