JONESBORO, Ga. – Benedict swept the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Women's and Men's Tennis Championships Saturday afternoon at the Clayton County International Tennis Complex.
The Tiger women defeated Tuskegee 5-1 and the top seeded BC men defeated Morehouse, 6-1, to take their second consecutive title.
Both teams will represent the SIAC in the upcoming NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Benedict swept the women's doubles with Karla Flores and Esther Zelaya defeating Reicia North and Monica Thomas 8-4 in the top spot. At No. 2 Danielle Rios and Danyelle Copeland used an 8-1 decision to top Kimberly Bowen and Navilla Paul. Juliet Campbell and Adrienne Milow knocked off Taylor Wilson and Kayla Triche 8-2 in the third spot.
Benedict held Tuskegee to just one win in singles after North defeated Flores 6-2, 6-4, and 3-6 in the No. 1 position. The Tigers got their final two wins in singles from Rios with set scores of 5-7, 6-3, and 6-4 over Paul at No. 3 to secure the tournament title. Copeland swept Triche 6-0, 6-0 in the fourth spot.
Benedict swept the top four men's singles with Nathaniel Pinkney topping Everette Reese 6-3, 6-1 in the top spot. Takudswa Muswere defeated Justin Samples 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 while Quentin Eloise took down Jabez Beazer 6-1. 6-0. Zibusiso Ndimande used 6-2, 6-4 decisions to top Brandon Sanders in the final singles matchup.
Sanders and Philippian Stamps gave Morehouse its only win with an 8-6 victory over Muswere and Ndimande at No. 2 in doubles play. Pinkney and Eloise paired together and took down Samples and Reese 8-5 at No. 1. Juan Hernandez and Justin Payton went the distance with Beazer and Terrell Green but came out with a 9-8, 7-3 win.
Danielle Rios was named the SIAC Women's Tennis Championship MVP and Gary Taylor was selected as the Most Outstanding Coach.
2016 SIAC Women's All-tournament singles team
Reicia North, Tuskegee
Navilla Paul, Tuskegee
Tori Pradier, Clark Atlanta
Daniella Rios, Benedict
Danyelle Copeland, Benedict
Esther Zelaya, Benedict
2016 SIAC Women's All-tournament doubles team
Reicia North/Monica Thomas, Tuskegee
Danielle Rios/Danyelle Copeland, Benedict
Karla Flores/Esther Zelaya, Benedict
Nathaniel Pinkney was named the SIAC Men's Tennis Championship MVP and Gary Taylor was named Coach of the Year.
2016 SIAC Men's All-tournament singles team
Everette Reese, Morehouse
Terrell Green, Morehouse
Yonuwaba Pumpa, Stillman
Takudswa Muswere, Benedict
Zibusiso Ndimande, Benedict
Nathaniel Pinkney, Benedict
2016 SIAC Men's All-tournament doubles team
Brandon Sanders/Philippian Stamps, Morehouse
Nathaniel Pinkey/Quentin Eloise, Morehouse
Justin Payton/Juan Hernandez, Morehouse