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Bahamians excelling in collegiate tennis

Bahamians Sierra Donaldson, left, and Iesha Shephard, right, are among those excelling in collegiate tennis in the United States. February 5, 2020

The Nassau Guardian

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A number of Bahamians are participating in collegiate tennis with their respective colleges and universities.

In their season opener, Sierra Donaldson and the Lee University Flames women’s tennis team defeated Carson-Newman University, 5-2, over the weekend.

In her singles match, Donaldson fought back from a 7-6 first-set loss to win, 6-7, 6-3 and 7-6 over Klara Vuckovic of Germany at the fifth position.

In doubles, Donaldson and Lauren Trammell completed the sweep for their team with a 6-2 score against Vuckovic and Alisa Liashova of the Ukraine.

The next match for the Lee Flames will be on February 9 against Lees-McRae College.

Iesha Shephard and the Jackson State University (JSU) Tigers won 4-0 this past weekend over the Louisiana State University of Alexandria (LSUA) Generals. Shephard played the number six singles match, defeating Venezuelan Katheryne Campos, 7-6 and 6-2. Shephard then teamed up with Canadian Nina Zhang to defeat the LSUA pair of Patricia Perez, of Paraguay, and Patricia Martinez, of Spain, 6-2.

The JSU Tigers also played Southeastern Louisiana (SLU) over the weekend. Shephard and Zhang pulled out a win in doubles, defeating the team of Kyra Akinnibi, of Great Britain, and Katya Cornejo, of Mexico, 6-3, but JSU lost the match-up, 4-1.

Abigail Simms and the Indiana Tech Warriors are scheduled for their season opener this coming Saturday.

In January, the Indiana Tech women’s tennis team earned a number two ranking in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Coaches’ Preseason Poll. They finished fifth during the 2019 season.

Afrika Smith and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats fell to the Georgia Southern University Eagles, 7-0, over the weekend. In singles, Smith lost a hard-fought 6-3 and 6-2 battle to German Nadja Meier, and in doubles, she and her partner suffered a tough 6-2 loss to the team of Paula Boixader, of Spain, and American Hannah Daniel.

Hannah-Joy Simms and the Brescia University Bearcats will battle the Oakland City University Mighty Oaks on February 15 in their season opener.

Joshua Turnquest and the Asbury Eagles take on the Thomas More Saints at home in their season opener on February 29. Turnquest is in his senior year. Last year, he earned the River States Conference Player of the Year Award, All-American honors and was ranked at number 16 nationally in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Lauryn Daxon and the Missouri Valley Vikings are slated to take on the Ottawa University Braves on March 1.

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) wishes all the Bahamians on the college tennis circuit well during the 2020 season.

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