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’Cats set up showdown with Eddies

Published 10:20pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Brandywine tennis team kept its hopes of a Lakeland Conference championship alive with a 5-3 win over visiting Berrien Springs Tuesday.

The Bobcats swept the doubles flights, but needed a win in singles to pick up a win and remain in second place behind league-leading Edwardsburg.

They got that win from a player who didn’t even play tennis last season for the Bobcats — Victoria Knight.

Knight, a member of the very successful Brandywine basketball program, along with the Bobcats’ No. 3 doubles team of Mackenzie Shelton and Carlie Newman, all decided to join the tennis team this spring.

Brandywine coach Joe Marazita is certainly glade they did because all three players have figured into the Bobcats’ success so far.

Knight defeated Mackenzie Holets 6-1 and 6-3 to give Brandywine its only singles victory Tuesday.

In sweeping the doubles flights, the Bobcats dropped just 10 games against the Shamrocks.

Cassidy Purucker and Abbey Cole blanked Sam Kirk and Kim Adame 6-0 and 6-0 at No. 4 doubles.

Brandywine will enter Friday’s conference tournament at Leeper Park in South Bend, with a 5-1 mark. The Eddies are 6-0. The Bobcats need to finish ahead of Edwardsburg Friday to earn a piece of the league title.

Berrien Springs…3

Brandywine…5

Singles

1. Arien Kissinger (BS) d. Jessica Blank 6-4, 6-1; 2. Yasmin Benjelloun (BS) d. Ashley DeJonge 6-1, 6-0; 3. Abby Hoge (BS) d. Ember Brant 6-2, 6-1; 4. Victoria Knight (BW) d. Mackenzie Holets 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

1. Jessy Cooper-Rachel Gipson (BW) d. Maggie O’Brien 6-2, 6-1; 2. Alissa Gamble-Caitlyn Cummins (BW) d. Genny Westendorp-Ashley Kruck 6-2, 6-3; 3. Mackenzie Shelton-Carlie Newman (BW) d. Michaela Legg-Jessica Dennis 6-2, 6-0; 4. Cassidy Purucker-Abbey Cole (BW) d. Sam Kirk-Kim Adame 6-0, 6-0

Record

Brandywine 9-2-1, 5-1 Lakeland

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