BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson women's tennis team captured the 2017 Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship after downing Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 on Monday evening at Kereiakes Park.
It marks the 13th-consecutive MSC Tournament Championship for the Blue Raiders dating back to the 2005 season.
The No. 2-ranked Blue Raiders (19-4) have now won 15-straight matches this season after the triumph over the No. 15-ranked Patriots (15-8).
Lindsey Wilson quickly moved ahead after securing all three doubles points in the championship match. Alex Shchipakina and Natalia Kattah got things started by defeating Denee Lyttle and Luka Lyttle, 8-1, at the third-seeded flight. Lindsey Wilson then took a 2-0 lead as Jovana Peric and Minja Gligic (ranked No. 23 in the NAIA) took down Marian Bogajo and Maria Ochoa at No. 2 doubles. The Blue Raiders completed the doubles sweep at No. 1 with Maria Prados Cid and Fiona Curty (No. 7 in the NAIA) upsetting Isabella Dale and Jaclyn Jewell (ranked fifth in NAIA), 8-3.
Lindsey Wilson then quickly secured the fourth and decisive fifth point after Peric won at No. 5 singles and Gligic won at No. 2 singles with perfect 6-0, 6-0, victories to clinch the tournament for the Blue Raiders.
Earlier in the day, Lindsey Wilson swept Georgetown in the MSC semifinals 5-0.
The Blue Raiders swept the doubles matches against Georgetown to build a 3-0 advantage before Shchipakina and Prados Cid won their respective singles matchups to send Lindsey Wilson into the title match.
With tonight's tournament victory, the Blue Raiders earns the Mid-South's automatic bid into the NAIA National Championship next month in Mobile, Alabama.
The NAIA National Championship field is slated to be announced on Saturday, May 6.