Shackelford wins her 550th career match; Sewanee wins its fifth consecutive SAA title

Shackelford wins her 550th career match; Sewanee wins its fifth consecutive SAA title

CONWAY, Ark. (April 23, 2017) – It was a historic day for the No. 16 ranked Sewanee women's tennis team. The Tigers won their fifth consecutive Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship while head coach Conchie Shackelford won her 550th career match for the purple and gold.

The Tigers have never lost an SAA match and have won every league championship since the conference started in 2012-13. This season, Sewanee will head into the NCAA Tournament with a 19-5 overall record. The Tigers have won seven straight matches and 13 of their last 14 contests.

Sewanee opened play against Centre by winning two out of three doubles matches. After the Tigers lost at No. 1, Ellie Czura and Christina Merchant rolled past Emily Zelichenok and Abigail Kent at No. 2, 8-3. Sewanee earned its other win in doubles at No. 3 as Sara Thompson and Bea Benavides hammered Courtney DeLong and Kenny Snow, 8-3.

In singles action, Haley Tucker defeated Zelichenok at No. 4 in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 while Meredith Heitland topped Zena Maddux at No. 6, 6-3, 6-0.

Freshman Darby Duval clinched the match for the Tigers when she defeated DeLong in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. 

Centre's individual win came at No. 3 from Kent.

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