Rocky Mount, N.C. - N.C. Wesleyan's athletic teams completed a perfect 12-0 weekend with six more victories on Sunday, highlighted by the Bishop women's tennis team knocking off defending champion Methodist by a 5-4 score to close out play at the Slick Family Foundation Tennis Center.
The Bishop women posted a pair of victories on Sunday, beginning with an 8-1 USA South win over Averett earlier in the day. The Bishops swept doubles action before posting five straight set wins in singles play. The Cougars' lone point came at top-seeded singles, helping AU avoid the shutout. Wesleyan's evening match with Methodist, however, went down to the wire. The NCWC duo of Nicole Halabi/Giulia Zanetti posted an 8-6 win at #3 doubles to get the Bishops on the board, while Stephany Barbera's 6-3, 6-3 win at #5 singles tied the match at 2-2. MU's Davi Barbour and NCWC's Zanetti proceeded to pick up points for their teams at #2 and #3, respectively, and after the Monarchs took a brief 4-3 lead with a three-set win at #4, Wesleyan senior Florencia Sorrentino again tied the score with a 6-2, 7-6 win at #1. Down to the final court, freshman Louise Hovhammer sealed the win with a 6-0, 6-4 win at #6 to help Wesleyan secure its fourth straight victory. The Bishops are now 5-2 overall, 3-0 in USA South action. NOTE: Sunday's match with the Monarchs was a regional match that did not count in the conference standings. The two teams will meet on April 4th in Fayetteville in their regularly scheduled USA South contest.
NCWC's men made it six in a row with a 9-0 USA South sweep of Averett University on Sunday at the Slick Family Foundation Tennis Center. The Bishops have now out-scored their opponents 45-0 over their last five matches, led by top-seeded Sebastian Sikh who posted a 7-6, 6-1 win at #1 singles on Sunday. The duo of Ioannis Brokakis/Roberto Puig again highlighted doubles play with an 8-4 win at the top seed.
Wesleyan's softball team continued to roll in USA South conference play, moving to 8-2 with a two-game sweep of Mary Baldwin. The Bishops were winners by 8-0 and 9-0 scores, both in five innings. NCWC hurlers Beth Braswell (7-3) and Shelby Godwin (4-1) each tossed complete game shutouts. Braswell racked up nine strikeous in her performance, with Godwin tossing a one-hitter in hers. Offensively, Braswell and senior Sarah Bowyer drove in two runs apiece in the opener, while Godwin and senior Peyton Hyler each had two RBIs in the nightcap.
The Diamond Bishops completed a three-game sweep of William Peace with a 4-3 win over the Pacers on Sunday at Bauer Field. After getting on the board with a run in the first, Wesleyan opened up a 4-0 lead in the third on a Trey-Croom RBI-single and two-run homer by Logan Andrews. Hurlers J.D. Makauskas (2-2) and Luke Mills (3 saves) did the rest on the mound, combining to give up three runs (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts.
All four teams will be back in action in the coming week. Please continue to check www.ncwcsports.com for the latest schedule updates, scores, and stats!