Southern Wins SWAC Women’s Tennis Title

April 21, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The No. 6 singles match became the deciding factor as No. 1 seed Southern University defeated No. 2 seeded Alcorn State, 4-3, to claim the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Championship on Sunday at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.
SU captures its fourth consectutive, including 12th overall, SWAC women’s tennis title.
It’s the second time the Lady Jaguars captured four titles in a row. The last was from 2002-2005. SU has now won eight of the last 12 SWAC tournament crowns.
SU’s Morgan Taylor defeated Chan Rutherford in the No. 6 singles match-up, 6-8, 6-4, 6-3, as the match fell down to the completion of final showdown in singles competition.
Taylor was named MVP of the tournament with head coach Jeff Conyers receiving SWAC Coach of the Year honors.

RESULTS DOUBLES

COURT NO. Southern (4) , Alcorn State (3) RESULTS FINISH
1 1 Alexis / Moore (SU) vs. Vanem / Kozachuk (ALCN) DNF
2 2 Buchman / Punj (ALCN) def. Davis / Taylor (SU) 8-2 1
3 3 Tipp / Potapova (ALCN) def. Bunch / Syori (SU) 8-5 2
SINGLES

COURT NO. Southern (4) , Alcorn State (3) RESULTS FINISH
1 1 Kersten Vanem (ALCN) def. Gabrielle Moore (SU) 6-4, 6-2 3
2 2 Danielle Dixon (SU) def. Arielle Buchman (ALCN) 6-1, 6-3 5
3 3 Lois Alexis (SU) def. Viktoria Kozachuk (ALCN) 6-4, 6-2 4
4 4 Laura Syori (SU) def. Kate Potapova (ALCN) 6-1, 6-0 1
5 5 Merilin Tipp (ALCN) def. Camara Davis (SU) 6-3, 6-2 2
6 6 Morgan Taylor (SU) def. Chan Rutherford (ALCN) 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-3 6

2013 SWAC Women’s Tennis All-Tournament Team Laura Syori (Southern) Morgan Taylor (Southern) Kersten Vanem (Alcorn State) Merilin Tipp (Alcorn State) Christine Gwodog (Prairie View A&M) Kesica Jayalapan (Jackson State)

Tournament MVP: Morgan Taylor (Southern)
Coach of the Year: Jeff Conyers (Southern)
Courtesy: SWAC.org