The Bellarmine University women’s tennis team bounced back from a tight loss to conference rival Lewis with a 6-3 victory Sunday over a quality opponent in Lincoln Memorial at the Eddie Weber Tennis Complex.

Freshman Maggie Walroth and sophomore Bess Fley tallied two victories apiece for the Knights (7-7) against the Railsplitters (12-6), while senior Caitlin Hanley, junior Sydney Thompson and sophomores Marissa Kovach and Mairin Cotter each gained one win. Bellarmine secured two of the three doubles matches and four of the six singles contests.

Walroth and Hanley combined to beat Elena Vasilyeva and Priscilla Bulandres 8-6 at No. 1 doubles boosting their impressive record together to 16-5. In addition, Walroth rallied from dropping the first set in No. 1 singles to Vasilyeva to win in three. Walroth hiked her combined win total this season to a team-best 30.

Cotter won a marathon match at No. 5 singles, overcoming a first-set loss to Angelica Solano to win the second set in a tiebreaker and capture the third, 6-4. Kovach pulled out a competitive 7-5, 7-5 win over Priscilla Bulandres at No. 4. Cotter and Kovach both improved their singles win totals to 14.

Fley notched consecutive 6-3 triumphs at No. 6 to knock off Rosa Smith. She had also teamed with junior Sydney Thompson for an 8-6 victory over Smith and Javiera Gonzalez at No. 2 doubles. Fley and Thompson are 5-1 together this season.

Bellarmine plays Saturday at Saint Joseph’s in a Great Lakes Valley Conference contest.

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