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Posted by Charlie Balcom - Thu, May 18, 2017 - [ Women's Tennis ] - Viewed 195 times

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MOBILE, Ala. – The Lindsey Wilson women's tennis team recorded its second-straight sweep at the national tournament with a 5-0 win over Indiana Wesleyan in the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals on Thursday at the Mobile Tennis Center.

With the victory, the Blue Raiders (21-4) advance to the program's ninth all-time national semifinal including the fourth in a row. Lindsey Wilson awaits the winner of third-seeded SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and 11th-seeded William Woods (Mo.) in the semis on Friday afternoon.

The second-seeded Blue Raiders dominated doubles play over the 10th-seeded Wildcats (37-9) en route to an early 3-0 lead.

Minja Gligic and Jovana Peric (ranked No. 23 in doubles) scored the first Blue Raider points of the day after beating Olivia Reed and Ellen Hornett 8-3 at the second-seeded doubles flight. In the lone ranked doubles matchup, Fiona Curty and Maria Prados Cid (ranked No. 7) took down Alex Mella and Lizzie Bauss (ranked No. 13) by an 8-3 margin to make it 2-0. Alex Shchipakina and Natalia Kattah completed the doubles sweep after they defeated Rachel Bottorff and Mikayla Marazzi 8-2 for the 3-0 advantage heading to singles play.

Curty (ranked No. 41 in singles) quickly dispatched Klein at the No. 4 singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, to make it a 4-0 LWC lead.

Peric then sealed a spot for the Blue Raiders in the national semifinals as she cruised past Reed at No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-0, to complete the 5-0 sweep.

Before the match ended, Shchipakina, Gligic, Prados Cid and Kattah were all up a set in their respective singles matches, with three of the Blue Raiders also leading in set two.

First serve for the NAIA National Semifinals is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at the Mobile Tennis Center with a spot in the national championship on the line.